Art Essay Paper Sample on Post-modernism


Post-modernity involved change of thinking spheres among the human society. People perceived actions/information differently and artists sought to communicate their themes differently. Empowerment through knowledge and easy access to information fast-tracked post-modernism. Critical lens like fragment, disturbance, irreverent and breaking forms are used to analyze the diverse aspects of post-modernism.

Using the breaking forms as the critical lens of post-modernism, the piece of art depicted shows this societies’ imagination of disturbances to existing/pre-existent forms. The head and internal parts have been perceived since time immemorial to be the most delicate and require clean conditions for perfect functioning. The insects depicted are impurities in this person’s mind that has changed stature, physicality, and even thinking. The art shows the capabilities of new ideas/philosophy being implemented in our minds.

  1. What is Knowledge

            Knowledge refers to familiarity or to have an understanding of a subject area, information or expertise which have been accrued overtime either through experience or direct contact with the material/source of information. Complete mastery of the subject or expertise is gained overtime in a stable trajectory. On its part, ultimate reality refers to the deepest knowledge/information about a thing/situation. Ultimate reality can be known though may be perceived differently but will present same theme. With proper guidance, investigative and research tools, the ultimate truth of any situation or object can be achieved after thorough analysis. To know a thing, consider first the situational analysis (where it may be located or has occurred), its characteristics (both behavioral and physical) and an in-depth analysis why it is located/happened there, why it behaves so or why it is created so. These steps will help one understand the thing.

Reason refers to the integration of one’s sense or thinking to decipher a situation or a fact to gain more understanding for the cause or purpose of an object/situation. Reason functions a similar way as search for knowledge. The main entity of focus is first identified and the deviant behavior/situation noted. Possible causes/aims of the deviant aspect/behavior are analyzed to find the most reliable cause/aim. The most reliable cause/aim is associated with the deviant behavior/situation. In analyzing the causes/aims, senses help us decipher the unreliable/unlikely causes/aims from the likely ones. Senses are thus helpful when reasoning. Conversely, passions increase the urge to find the truth/knowledge about the deviant behavior/situation. They act as motivators in our mission to reason correctly/appropriately.

            Knowledge is a wide section integrating diverse fields. Scientific knowledge and historical knowledge are such examples. Scientific knowledge is gained through observance of natural/artificial phenomenon and the characteristic/behavior studied for ultimate truth or reality. The reliability or tenets of these truths are tested by experience and even experiments to gauge their factuality. Historical knowledge comprises the facts, truths, and information from past experiences which act as reference for future occurrences or judgments. Knowing the subject is one thing, but transmitting the same information to others is another. Language acts as the link of transfer for this knowledge. This knowledge/information is stored in our subconscious we refer to as memory. Therefore, memory acts as the reserve for the knowledge or information.

  1. What is a human being

            The human being is the epitome of most creation stories. Human beings have accorded themselves power over other creatures which makes them the prime/top of the chain in the natural setup. Human nature incorporates the behavior and the tendencies of humankind in any situation/place. These tendencies/behaviors can be perceived differently as human beings can form their independent perceptions of any situation/object. Virtues are values/perceptions gained overtime from experiences that influence future interactions/perceptions. Virtues are rather intangible but influence our thinking/reasoning.

            Considering the independent human perceptions and thinking, life has many purposes. These purposes vary depending on the prioritization, but a general purpose inclusive of these divergent opinions is that human beings always strive to fulfill this purpose: To live life well and enjoy the most out of it. Divergent perceptions come in play as human beings have diverse methods for enjoyment and different meanings for living life well. Human rights are the entitlements accorded to each human being regardless of their age or other differences. These rights are intended to enhance uniformity and fairness in any situation and they are not metered. On the other hand, freedom is similar to human rights but can be curtailed if used wrongly. Human rights are universal, but freedom is not. Both are meant to enhance the positive living conditions/experience.

            Human beings are different from other creatures as they can perceive what these other creatures cannot. Respect of the differences in perceptions among humankind has been enhance by rights and freedom applicable to all ages and gender.

  1. What is the place of the individual in the community

            Human beings are grouped into small units called communities. These communities are joined by same agenda or culture (in the case of traditional communities). Better advancement of these agendas or cultures will be achieved easily by a community unlike individual advancement procedures. These communities have well set and documented laws for smoother running. Laws are guidelines/rules made to direct our actions as human beings for better living environment/condition with other human beings. Customs can be acquired and set overtime to actually become laws, but their effectiveness and reliability have to stand the test of time. Both customs and laws seek to guide us in achieving a peaceful society/community.

            Human beings rule themselves in similar ways/methods. The powerful person(s) are at the helm of the hierarchy with the ones being governed at the bottom of the hierarchy (they are usually the largest by population). Governance involves the upholding of the customs/laws of the given society and punishments implemented for failure to adhere to these laws/customs. Those at the helm are to act as overseers for implementation of these laws and/or customs.  This introduces law and order in that society which depicts human governance. Liberty refers to the freedom bestowed to human beings by virtue of the laws/customs and have limits that are to be respected. Liberty is attained by virtue of becoming independent as an individual from a society/thinking pattern. This means you can make/implement own plans so long as they do not interfere or curtail other people’s liberty. If done otherwise, liberty of the person will be lost.

            Contrariwise, justice refers to the fair treatment accorded to each person/gender irrespective of their differences. Regarding the status condition between both genders, justice has not been completely achieved as there is power parity between both genders. The males have been accorded extra power and importance unlike the female gender. This depicts the injustice in the societal setup. The same analogy applies to races as home races consider themselves more important/superior than the foreign race(s). 

  1. What is Beauty

            Beauty is perceptional and is depicted to exist in various ways. Others perceive it as spiritual while most perceive it physical. Human beings are wired to believe that a society is always supreme and the individual will most likely seek acceptance to this society. Beauty is important as it works as an acceptance ticket for the womenfolk in many life aspects like marriage. Beauty is accorded little or no importance for the menfolk, but presentability is stressed for both genders.

            Beauty has several basis for judgment, from the spiritual and physical point of view. From spiritual point, it is associated with the strict observance of their religious views or practices while from physical side, beauty is the flawless integration of body profile or physical interaction and communication. Mostly, beauty has no moral values attached to it in most cases. It is assumed to be an enhancement of the inner moral virtues in most cases. It can be created by man with routine interaction with other people/persons. These changes of beauty form can be recorded in artistic forms depicted as the language of the artist about you/any other person to be drawn. Individual talent can thrive well within inherited forms as they can be considered to be complementary.

            Art is a language where the artist expresses his/her perception about the topic/person or situation in a drawing. The arts involved do vary, for example, drawing, painting and even calligraphy. Through art, individual talent can work within inherited forms to produce better quality pieces that are appreciated all over.