In art class we watched a video about the artist Carrie Mae Weems in a pbs documentary. Weems uses photography to demonstrate to viewers the history of African Americans and the societal progress that has occurred over time. I think it is interesting that Weems decided to reconstruct her own historical photographs when she did not receive permission to use the original photographs. Weems’ reconstruction definitely shows her determination. Her reconstruction of the photographs is connected to visual thinking since it demonstrates that history is often constructed and that one should be aware of who is telling the story. I think that Weems’ works expands my ideas of visual thinking by showing that that recreating original art can show different sides to a story.
My definition of art is very simple. I believe that art is whatever you make it.