To make us practice on our analysis, our Media teacher took us to the Mohatta palace. We were shown a lot of brilliantly made paintings and sculptures by the Pakistani artists, each work having its in depth meaning. Our task was to choose one piece that we like and answer a set of questions related to that piece. It was certainly difficult to choose an artwork as everything had many different hidden meanings if seen from various perspectives. Finally I choose a simple sculpture of a baby made of Fiberglass.
That work was by Hamra Abbas, a Pakistani artist. Below is the link to her website that include some of her work.
Below are the answers to the questions related to that art work.
What is my first response to the work?
Given the size and color, I though it is another ordinary sculpture yet it connoted something fearless as we see a baby holding two snakes.It also portrayed a stereotype pf make dominance as a baby boy was sculpted.
What is the title? Does it help to illuminate the work?
The title is "Its a boy!" and it shows the sculpture in whole new light. The artist shows the mind and attitude of a stereotypical society that give more importance to a baby boy and has greater expectations from him. This also shows the low opinion of a society towards the baby girl.
What do the clothing, furnishing, accessories and facial expression to the setting personality?
The baby is sitting bare holding two snakes which in a similar fashion Hercules holds to destroy the snakes. The Boys expression is innocent and child like and here we can perceive that great expectations are made from a boy right from the day he is born while he is unaware and too young to understand the importance of responsibilities.
What is the focus of the composition?
The focus is on two snakes held to be destroyed.
What is the purpose of this piece?
The purpose is to show that how ordinary it is when in a conservative society, a baby boy is automatically seen as a savior, indestructible, and a messiah who will help them get rid of their distresses.
What is the medium? Does the medium has significance?
The medium used is a fiberglass and that enhances the purpose of the sculpture. Fiberglass is a strong material and difficult to break.
What effects does the color have.
The color is a bright and gay and the texture is smooth which makes the sculpture look more catchy yet serene when one looks at it.
Is the size of the piece important?
The size of the picture is huge which further elaborates the huge expectations of the society.