research product . 2021

Instagram as a source of themes in contemporary painting

Värri, Anna;
Open Access Finnish
  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Country: Finland
The purpose of this thesis was to critically analyze the ways of how issues related to Instagram are explored in contemporary painting. By reviewing paintings addressing various phenomena related to Instagram, a theoretical framework for Instagram-related contemporary paintings was achieved. By discussing the recent works of contemporary painters like Jen Mann, Mauro C. Martinez and Emma Ainala, it was reviewed how artists have tackled phenomena that Instagram culture has birthed in the recent years. By using various articles and literary sources as a basis, themes like censorship, performativity in social media, and the relationship between identity and an online presence, are discussed. It was found that there exist common factors in the paintings addressing these themes, like strenuous attention to detail, aesthetic beauty and a quality of something being slightly off. Included in this paper is also a report of the artistic part of this thesis, a series of paintings that depict Instagram Stories. While also touching on similar themes that were the topic of this research, the paintings concentrate on one’s presence in social media and the habits of contemporary visual communication, which platforms like Instagram enable.
free text keywords: Fine art, fi=Kuvataide|sv=Bildkonst|en=Fine arts|, social media, contemporary art, fine arts, Instagram, artistic work, art, painting (visual arts), sosiaalinen media, nykytaide, kuvataide, taiteellinen työ, taide, maalaus (kuvataide), Media and Arts
  • Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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