Artwork for: Breaking the Eastern Divide

Screen Shot 2018-06-02 at 6.26.08 PM‘Cognitive Dissonance’ is a collage art piece made by stock images found on unsplash.com

In this episode, people share anecdotes of stereotypes they grew up with, and how they had to unlearn them by interacting with others.

Unlearning is a process that induces heavy cognitive dissonance. This collage tries to portray this process by showing Katanas made of flowers superimposed on an inverse of the Japan flag.

Artwork for: Breaking Down Beauty

Btbepi02_ApolloGs_collageart

In case you missed it last week, we’ve started a collaboration with Hellay Studios for this season of BTB. You can (and should) follow them right here!

For this week’s piece, here’s an explanation from the artist:

ApolloGs, is a collage art piece made from The Apollo Belvedere (c. AD 120 – 140)  which is a Roman copy of the original Greek sculpture by Leochares, and stock photos of american dollar bills and a rope found on unsplash.com.

In the episode there was a theme of ‘the cosmetic industry profiting off of making people feel ugly.’ This art piece focuses primarily on this theme.

Apollo is the Greek god of the sun and epitomizes the idea of male beauty.  His sculpture represents aesthetic perfection and was considered the ideal in ancient greek society.

In the background, American dollar bills can be seen ‘raining down’ and Apollo is seen holding a rope. The artwork personifies the cosmetics industry as The Apollo Belvedere, a marble sculpture of the god of beauty whose size is much larger than that of an average man, and acts as a metaphor for the enormity and power of the cosmetics industry. Apollo holds a rope which acts as a leash by which consumers are exploited into conforming to a superficial ideal all the while endorsing consumerist behaviur that brings in large profits for the industry.