Final Idea for sculpture: Eating

Passion: Eating


My final idea for my sculpture is eating. I chose this design out of the other 3 designs because this one was the one that I thought I could do a lot with this. First I made this sculpture abstract and unrealistic in order to make my passion stand out. The part that is exaggerated to be big is the stomach, the mouth, and the teeth because these are all important aspects of eating. The belly is emphasized because it has patterns on it when the other parts of the body doesn’t. This makes the person who is looking at my sculpture look that that part specifically. I chose the passion eating because I like trying different foods from different countries. I have also drawn the side view, top view, and front view so that it will be easy for me to sculpt it if I know how it looks from different sides.

My Abstract Sculpture Brainstorm

Idea #1


I like eating. It doesn’t mean that I gorge on everything I find, this means that I like going around luxurious restaurants eating well known foods. I also like eating food from different cultures. This is a good passion to pick because you can depict a lot of things with just one topic and I believe that I can do a lot with this. The picture is indeed abstract because no one in real life looks like this. In the picture I have exaggerated the body, especially the belly because generally when you eat a lot of food, you get fat and people often believe this. Also the teeth and mouth are exaggerated because they are necessary for you to chew and swallow the food. The eyes are exaggerated to be really small because eyes aren’t very necessary when you are eating food. Also, one arm in on the belly and one arm is near the mouth. The arm on the belly indicates the people to look at the stomach. Also the hand on the mouth makes you look at the mouth as well. This does a great job of emphasizing the parts that are the most important.


Idea #2 


I like to dance. When I used to live in Korea, my friends and I danced in the talent show in our school trip and in order to we had to practice. Then, I didn’t really know how to dance but I grew to like it. This is a good topic to pick because you use your body a lot and you can do a lot with this topic. Starting with the basics, this picture is abstract because no one in the real world looks like this. You can also say that the arms and legs are exaggerated because it is made bigger or longer than it normally would be. Also there is markings on the arms and the legs. This makes the legs and arms more emphasized so they will look at the pose.


Idea #3


I like to sing. Ever since I was a little girl I loved to sing and always would audition for parts in musicals and choir that would allow me to sing. This is a good passion to pick because it is clear on what you can exaggerate in this passion. First of all, this sketch is abstract because no person actually looks like this in real life. As you can see, I have exaggerated the mouth because singers use there mouth more than anything else to sing. Also in order to emphasize the mouth, I have put patterns on all of the different parts of the body which makes you look at the part that is not with patterns which is the mouth.


Abstraction, Exaggeration, and Emphasis

3. In a post on your blog, add a photo of the Paleolithic or Neolithic artwork you have found.


4. Please explain what it is, where it was found, what it is made of, and how old it is.


This is the Venus of Hohle Fels. It was made in c. 35,000-40,000 BCE. It is made out of Mammoth ivory and it was found in Germany. It is about 40,000-years-old. It is an upper Paleoithic figurine.


5. How is abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis used?


This is an abstract statue because nobody in the real world looks like this and because this is unrealistic. The thighs, stomach, breasts, basically the body is all exaggerated so they are all bigger than normal. The belly is emphasized with patterns and lines that are drawn on the belly emphasizes that part. Also the breasts have a outline, plus it is big which makes an equivalent effect of emphasizing the belly. This emphasizing makes us look at those parts more than the other parts such as the head. Also we could say that the head is exaggerated too because it is really small.


6. Why do you think the artist used exaggeration in this piece?


All of the body parts that are exaggerated such as the thighs, breasts, and belly, are all useful to fertility so we can tell that at the time that they made this, fertility was important. Also we can tell that breasts were important because when the babies are born the mother could provide food for the child. Also we can tell that people with more fat was preferred than people with less. The head isn’t really important because it is exaggerated as really small.


7. Find another piece of artwork on my Pinterest page which depicts a human being, and post a photo in the same post.


8. Please explain what this piece is, who created it, what it is made of, when it was made.


This is by Diego Rivera. The piece is called The Architect (Jesús T. Acevedo). It was made in 1915 and it is made out of oil on canvas.


9. Is abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis used?


Abstraction is used. But exaggeration is barely shown or not shown at all. However, emphasis is shown very well.


10. If you think abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis are used, explain how they are used.


Abstraction is really used because no architect, and no person looks like this in real life. Nobody’s head is made up of shapes. Exaggeration isn’t used because no part of the body is necessarily made bigger or smaller. However, emphasis is used because all the other colors are white or dark but the shirt of the man and the table are fire colors which make us focus on them more and what the architect is doing. Also what the architect is doing with his hand is in between the yellow table and the red clothes which makes us look at what he is doing even more.


11. If you think abstraction, exaggeration, and emphasis are not used, please state how they are not used.


Abstraction and emphasis are used but exaggeration is not used. Exaggeration is not used because no parts of the body are made unnaturally big or small. They body’s size is all similar to an actual persons. But we can’t say that because it isn’t exaggerated that it looks like a real life person. Abstraction and emphasis counts as well.


12. Compare and contrast the two works of art: How are they alike? How are they different?


There are a lot of ways where the two pieces of art are similar and how they are not similar. First of all, they are alike because they are all abstract. They both are certainly not what people look like in real life. Parts of the pieces of art are emphasized. However, the parts that are exaggerated are different. Such as the Venus of Hohle Fels has patterns on the belly and around the breasts so that they get more attention than the other parts. The Architect (Jesús T. Acevedo) was a little different because the body and table were red, it makes us looks there. Therefore this is emphasized. But there is a second part to this in which we get to look at the gray spot in the middle of these bright colors to what the architect is doing. It draws our attention to that spot. The difference is that the Venus of Hohle Fels is exaggerated and that the architect is not. The breasts, the belly, and the thighs are exaggerated to be really big and the head to be really small. However the architect (Jesús T. Acevedo) doesn’t particularly have a part that is made extremely bigger or smaller.





Works Cited

Diego Rivera / The Architect (Jesús T. Acevedo) / 1915 / oil on canvas

N.d. Photograph. The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera Memory, Politics, Place. Web. 12 Apr. 2013.


N.d. Photograph. Venus of Hohle Fels. Web. 12 Apr. 2013. <Venus of Hohle Fels>.

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“The Venus of Hohle Fels.” The Venus of Hohle Fels. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2013.


Venus of Hohle Fels, c. 35,000-40,000 BCE. Mammoth ivory, 6.096 cm high. Found in Germany.

How Art Made the World

1. What is the Venus of Willendorf?

It is a statue found in the 7th of August 1908 by three archaeologists. One of their  workman found it in the mud. It is also a statue that was made of lime stone by a nomadic person and is really small (4 inches high). It is 25,000 years old. This Venus of Willendorf stays in the natural history museum in Vienna. The reason why this is important because it gives us an important evidence about the history of art and abstraction.

This is the venus of willendorf

This is the venus of willendorf

2. How old is she?

She is 25,000 years old.

3. Why do you think certain parts of her body were exaggerated— meaning, why do you think certain body parts were made unusually bigger or smaller than others?

I think her body was exaggerated because of the culture and thinking of the nomadic people. The venus of willendorf’s chest, bum, and stomach are depicted as big because for the nomads, fertility was very important. As for the face, the feet and the arms they weren’t very important to fertility so they were completely ignored. Her body is fat because back in the nomadic times fat was considered a good thing to have because it meant that you were healthy.

4. What was Professor Ramachandran trying to explain about early humans and their art, when he brought up the scientific experiment with the seagulls?

In the video, Professor Ramachandran brought up the experiment with the seagulls. Seagulls tap on their mother’s beak when they want food. This is not because they recognize their mother but because of the red stripe on her beak. The experiment explains that the chicks get more excited if there are more red stripes regardless to if these stripes are normal or not. This shows that people are programmed before to exaggerate what is most important. People give more attention to things that are not normal and things that are different from before.

5. Considering the Venuses and the images of humans in Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Greek art, why do you think people make unrealistic images of the human body?

I think people make unrealistic images of the human body because people are effected by their culture. The Ancient Egyptians were perfectionists and that is why they had drawn graph lines to make every statue and picture the same. For ancient Greek art, the culture back then was to have a sporty and fit body because it was said that you look more god like. That is why all of the Greek statues have fit bodies.

6. How does art and culture affect each other?

Art and culture come hand in hand. If we didn’t have art we wouldn’t have culture and if we didn’t have culture, we wouldn’t have art. The Venus of Willendorf got effect by its culture because it has to be small to carry around and fertility was important at that time. On the other hand, in the ancient Egyptian times, fertility wasn’t important and they were able to make huge statues because they were staying. Like this art and culture come hand in hand.




Works cited

How Art Made the World. Perf. Nigel Spivey, David Attenborough. BBC Video, 2006. DVD.

N.d. Photograph. AEIOU Encyclopedia. Web. 9 Apr. 2013. <>.