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THAX1138
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 20:17:12 EDT


Hello everyone!
THis is My first post to this list.
I have taught many art classes to age groups ranging from the ages of 6-92
years old. I am now an Art Major in College. (go figure). I have also done a
bit of Art and Occupational therapy.
I am also a member of another list of Doll Artists. Both lists have a lot of
very generous people , as well as a lot of talent.
I wish to comment on the nudity thread that has been a part of the topics
lately.
It seems to me that one could teach a class about the change in the ideal
form throughout the years-i.e.-Rubins women were a bit more "fluffy" than
modern figures present in todays representations of "ideal" women. In the
past, women such as Kate Moss (of "obscession" fame) were considered
unhealthy. I'm sure there are many other examples.
I visited Belgium and Holland on the same week long whirldwind tour and
things went by so fast that I don't remember what country the fountain with
the little boy relieving himself is located. He has his own wardrobe (with
hundreds of different highly ornate costumes), that is kept in it's own
museum. It seems that modesty in some form is a part of many cultures. The
story of the little boy is that he relieved himself on a bomb fuse and thereby
saved the town.
Then I was thinking about the commercial art angle of things. The bright
flashing colors and perfect people whose images are used quite calculatingly
to make you spend money on a product. The first person to use the
psychiological imaging was John B. Watson. A scandalous divorce left him
unable to get a job as a psychologist and he therefore took a job advertising
for company... Johnson and Johnson Baby powder and Pebeco Toothpaste. One of
the first ads stated. "Who could LOVE a girl with smoke-stained teeth?" The
ads were specifically targeted to evoke an emotion- the anxiety of a young
mother in caring for her new baby, or the fear of being sexually unattractive
to the oposite sex.. Maybe the explaination that the ads get to you because
they are ENTENDED to will educate young people about their subconsious
responses to those advertisements.
Hope this is helpful!
I am enjoying the list and learning a lot!