The Techniques And Implications Of The Works Of Ai Weiwei And Banksy Comparable?

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How are the techniques and implications of the works of Ai Weiwei and Banksy comparable?
Cheyne J. Campbell
South Iredell High School

Within the field of the visual arts, I investigated how the techniques and implications of the artworks of Ai Weiwei and Banksy are comparable. In order to answer this question, I observed and analyzed artworks from both artists, noting the pieces’ effects on the viewer (me), similar visual qualities, and common themes. This process included visiting museums, looking at artwork online, and reading about the contexts of the pieces. I found that Banksy and Ai Weiwei both employ the technique of symbolism in their artworks in order to raise awareness regarding contemporary
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As art is constantly changing and evolving, it is important to comprehend the developments being made in how artists are expressing themselves and their ideas through their work. Furthermore, it is necessary to understand the role that artwork plays in modern political and social spheres. Art is an invaluable method of communicating different perspectives regarding significant problems in the world and their solutions. The relationship between the works of Ai Wei Wei and Banksy is significant to discuss. Both are contemporary artists who use their work to express thoughts and feelings regarding pertinent social or political issues. Image is very effective in capturing people’s attention, and both artists take advantage of this to further their opinions on various issues. This topic relates to my pre-existing knowledge because I am already familiar with these artists and their works, as well as how art can be used to communicate a certain message or idea. The works of Ai Weiwei and Banksy are particularly note-worthy to me as they show the power of art, images, and creativity as a tool for communication and change in the 21st century. By examining these two artists side by side, I am made aware of how artistic methods are used by the two artists differently. This allows them to display a wide array of variety in their works, showing the diversity of ways in which art can be molded to serve different purposes. However, there are also
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