EXPLORATIONS IN ART

Mary Farnstrom is a professional writer and artist, who operates The Unhinged Alaskan on her own. As a professional, she is constantly working on something, whether it be her writing gigs, a commissioned piece of art, or trying to finish her undergraduate degrees. She has always wanted to learn more about the history of art and its creation, this semester, she has taken the opportunity to get acquainted with it through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Surreal Movement Among Communist Mexican Artists

The Surrealism movement didn’t really take over the Mexican art world until the late 1930s, as Hitler’s power grew it became more and more evident that Europe was heading into another war and many progressive artists feared for their lives—some escaped to New York, others went south to Mexico. Join me as I explore Mexican Surrealism.

Soutine Street (2001) by Samuel Bak
Soutine Street (2001) by Samuel Bak

The Lasting Effects of War on the World’s Perspectives

The Lasting Effects of War on the World’s Perspectives In this installment of Explorations in Art, my selection of artists is a little eclectic, but that was done intentionally. I wanted to show the audacity of expression through different perspectives. The rippling effects of World War II through the eyes of artists who are both […]

The Struggle III: Assassination (1969) by Jacob Lawrence
The Struggle III: Assassination (1969) by Jacob Lawrence

The Early 20th Century: The Age of Anxiety

It’s quite interesting to think that the first half of the twentieth century dealt with, at length, the same issues that persist today, even if they are presently not as violently represented. If we’re to be honest, the Age of Anxiety has not even begun to come to a close—the perpetual darkness of inhumanity, those […]

Lady Godiva (1897) by John Collier
Lady Godiva (1897) by John Collier

Romantic Perspectives and Preferences

There is something to be said about the swiftness in which trends affect the culture of everything—political unrest, as we saw in the last art analyzation brought artists together in a common theme. The stylized commentary made upon the state of the world around us is not unique to art, it is especially not unique […]

The Death of Marat (1793) by Jacques-Louis David
The Death of Marat (1793) by Jacques-Louis David

Revolution—Where Art and Political Unrest Intersect

Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, eine de France et ses enfants (1787) Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was born in Paris in 1755; before her father died when she was only twelve years of age, Le Brun received artistic training from him benefiting from his skills as a portraitist. He encouraged her […]

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi
Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi: Baroque Feminism

A Powerful Figure in a Patriarchal Era of Artwork Born on July 8, 1593, Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi is now considered one of the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists. Gentileschi’s career as a painter began at age fifteen, in an age where women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or professional courtesy as an […]

Reveling in Early Renaissance

The Renaissance was a time where great artists surfaced throughout the creative world—Sandro Botticelli, born Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), was one of these great artists during the Early Renaissance; throughout his lifespan, he created numerous wonders. While his posthumous reputation suffered until the late 1800s, he was rediscovered by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English painters, poets, and art critics founded in 1848. The Pre-Raphaelites stimulated a reappraisal of Botticelli’s works and as a result, his paintings have been held to represent graceful linework in the Early Renaissance painting movement.

Analyzing the Visual Elements of Art

This week we’re going to explore the visual aspects of artwork in its many elements, whether that be line, shape, tone, color, pattern, texture, or form. I was tasked with finding artwork that resonated with me, presenting my opinion of the pieces, and analyzing the elements that appeared throughout the works in an effort to explain what made the pieces so special. So, without stalling any further, I present to you three lovely works of art that

Artwork by Aaron Blaise
Artwork by Aaron Blaise

Introduction to my Journey

Hello! My name is Mary and I’m thirty-one years old, this will be my fifth winter in Alaska after having moved here from California, people typically ask me why I would move from sunny California to a place that is dark and cold for nearly half of the year. My answer encompasses my general distaste […]


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