Knowledge and understanding of visual arts in different cultural, social, and/or historical contexts.
- Have you discussed the visual elements and the meaning behind works of more than one artist?
- And, are they from similar contexts? Or have you branched out and explored in more depth a range of perspectives? E.g. a contemporary artist, a historical artist, an art movement, a culture, etc.
- You will need to do some research in order to understand how your ideas fit in with different contexts.
- (Make sure to keep your sources in a bibliography!)
A culture is a group of people who have similar beliefs, values and practices that govern the way they live and think. This could be defined by countries, or geographical areas eg. Australian culture, American Indian culture, Celtic culture, Etc. Adelaide culture, Kapunda culture etc.
Or defined by similar beliefs, values and practices of a group of people who identify with each other, eg. gamer culture, sports culture, etc.
Culture can be informed by the people's law systems, social systems, religion, way of thinking, the philosophies that underpin their lives, etc.
Historical context refers to a point in time or history. You may connect your work contemporary artists or past artists, it is about trying to figure out what connections you can make to other practitioners across the timeline. For example, medieval times, an ancient culture, a past art or design movement such as Surrealism, Impressionism, Romanticism, etc.
Social context is about how something is perceived within a certain environment, the persons surrounding and time period. This might be politics, ethical or moral views. For example:
- a controversial topic such as body image portrayal in the media, would be considered a social context,
- or the movement of people striking for climate change
- or, the denial of science around our climate crisis and instead listening to the slander of the science by big corporations.