Joy Shellard recounts growing up in the museum during WWII in a book entitled A Child of the Home Front. Anecdotes of her youth are set against the backdrop of not only war, but living in a museum.
When it comes to knowledge transfer, presentation and engagement it’s the translators, facilitators and organisers of the world that can produce the final pieces of the puzzle.
According to Armstrong & de Botton (2013) and subsequently in de Botton’s talk (The School of Life, 2013) the impact of art is often not what it should be because the frame is wrong, we aren’t actively encouraged to bring ourselves to it, or see ourselves in it.
To formalise this idea, I distilled de Botton’s sentence into something visual, an artwork as a symbol. With the regal portrait prevalent in 17th century european art I decided to re-appropriate an etching of La Rochefoucauld, adding the blue bird (representing the Twitter logo) and the hand upon which it perches.
Art [in it’s many forms] is a very emotional sport, but is still one of the most successful, efficient and romantic ways of showing concepts and ideas to an audience that civilisation has invented so far. This is one reason why modern art’s job is not only to show us who we are, but also to help us.