Human Art- Tiffany Leung

This week’s topic about the human body as an art form was very intriguing. I had heard about Plastination a year or two ago in biology class when my teacher wanted us to see the new exhibit at the museum, but I was dissappointed when I was not able to go before the exhibition ended. When my teacher was telling us about Body Worlds, his emphasis was much more on the scientific aspect of plastination than the artistic part. He told us about the process of plastination, which can be read about more here . When Plastination was brought up again in class this week under a more artistic light, it was a new idea for me. When I look at more pictures and read up on more articles about Bodyworlds, the more I can see these exhibits as art forms. It is definitely not something that would generally be seen as beautiful or artistic to see real cadavers with real body parts placed in an action scene that somebody in real life would be in.

skateboarder bodyworlds

The reason why it is easier for me to consider these exhibits as art is because of the way it provokes conversation and the amount of effort put into the method of bringing these exhibits to the showroom. It also helps ordinary students visually better understand how our body parts work in certain circumstances.

The other part of lecture from this week that was really attention-getting was the part about the bread sculptures of Kittiwat Unarrom. The creepy type of body parts that Unarrom re-creates with his bread. This link gives a little more background on why Unarrom creates the art that he does. If I were to walk into that bakery and see the very realistic body parts, I would definitely think TWICE about what I would put in my mouth. This is exactly what Unarrom says his aim is. I think that if more artists decide to use the same reasoning that Unarrom does, our society would be much more different, in that people would think twice about the consequences of their actions, whether the impact be personal (to their own bodies) or to the world that we live in (environmental effects).


The topic this week was really interesting and could also apply it to body art such as tattoos and piercings. the more extreme type of body art are scarring, branding, and body painting. There are plenty of events where there are exhibitions of body art enthusiast that attract thousands of people who are really interested in this type of art. This topic of art would vary from person to person. A conservative politician may not think that kind of art is very artistic, but a tattoo artist who makes a living on it would think the world of this kind of art. This topic reinforces the idea that art is subjective and makes people re-think their definition of art.


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