Crossfire reflective statement

Crossfire reflective statement





As an artist, my way of communication is through what I draw. Many people communicate through verbal words, some through action, and others through singing; through art as well, one can express themselves. Through a cross fire debate, one gets to learn how to look at one particular thing, specifically what personally one believes in, through various angles. The arguments make one view a certain issue more intensely or make one look at it at a new angle. The topics on modernism, postmodernism, authorship, globalization and responsibility were the burning issue. As an artist one tries to fit in each topic, despite it not being clear, on one’s line of work disregarding facts about them.

Modernism, which was a period that flourished in the 20th century whereby different forms and styles of art were initialized, that brought disagreements between Christianity and art (Foster, 2007). As an artist modernism is a constant aspect that carries on day by day. As artist we constantly ask ourselves what is new and how can we make something new? As artists, as we express ourselves through drawings and as we try to communicate with the world often mistake that we are creating something new. In real sense most of the artists reference what has already been developed. Majority of the people think that they are coming up with something new but truth is that the minority are who come up with new and original form of art. Modernism is essential as it enables one to come up with new ideas and innovations hence allowing artists to come up with variety forms of art.

Post modernism on the other hand is any form of art that reacts against an earlier modernist movement. Doubts emerged about the efficacy and goals of modernisms so artists decided to come up with a new form of art that developed from the process of deconstruction (Calinescu, 1987). Deconstruction was the disintegrating of modern art. It involved the coming up of new forms of art that oppose the previous modern mode of art. After modernism, postmodernism is an artist second nature that manifests itself constantly as he or she is proceeding in the line of work. Drawers instinctively disintegrate the various concepts about a piece of art and try to create something new out of it or an improvement of the original; one is advised to think critically about art. Through debates and comparison of each groups ideas, all artists come to on converging point that dictates that reworking or redoing a piece of art helps develop new and improved forms of art. This creates efficient and easy communication of the message to the people or audience. Through this, artists also become aware of their own personal position instead of them creating a piece that is specifically generated for the public. Post modernism is important as it removes past flaws and gives a clearer picture on drawings and makes them more communication efficient.

Authorship refers the characteristic of being an author, someone that wrote, sang, drew or painted something. Many are times artists fight for recognition as they want to be identified as the producer of a certain form of art. In today’s world of art, most people advertise their work through mass advertisement hence hiding the real author. Advertisements aim at giving the message of the piece of art rather than who made the painting or drawing. This helps in putting more emphasis on the work rather than on who made the drawing. This has brought a number of controversies among the artists as some want both them and their work be recognized. Personally I view authorship as an essential thing in art, getting to appreciate the person who has come up with a certain drawing or painting is essential. However, artists should not forget the real intention of making the drawing; it is not for their own personal interests only but also as a form of embodiment for other people’s feelings.

Globalization, this refers to art being recognized all over the world. Globalization is an extension of authorship as it involves the recognition and identification of art together with its author or designer. According to art globalization refers to the fact that art can be shared among different people; people can use the same tools and be able to come up with the same piece of art or a close but different version of the original piece. This has lead to the controversial aspect that nothing in the world is considered as art since most of it is not original and has been repeated over and over again. Through globalization authors are less recognized and art has lacked originality. But on the other hand globalization has lead to the spread of art throughout the world allowing people to embrace and appreciate it. The meaningfulness of art being globalized is that ideas get passed on into different generations that are able to come up with better things. Globalization also builds a network that allows efficient communication through art.

Responsibility, in this topic about responsibility the discussion refers to the roles which artists play. The debate on responsibility acts as a summary to all the other topics discussed, modernism, postmodernism, authorship and globalization. Modernism creates the responsibility of an artist to be an innovator and that they should come up with new things. Post-modernism on the other hand advocates that artists should come up with new and improved ideas from modernism; this is the only way that new and quality art work will be developed. As an artist one should stand and fight for what effort one has made but on the other hand; one should not forget the main goal, communication and expression of the mind and body. The responsibility of globalization in art is to ensure that what one has created or drawn, people should learn and get a message from it. As people of vision and people who can bring meaning out of a drawing, artists are required to be composed and creative, this is their hugest responsibility. Taking responsibility in what one does enables that person to give the best and also allows one to produce quality results. The essence of being responsible as an artist is that one is able to show the audience what life and the environment means to them.

Throughout the reflective debate we are able to view the five topics based on art and the meaningfulness of each and every one of them relative to art. Every aspect discussed is relevant and it acts as an anchor to protect and improve art and the life of an artist; it will also enable communication and appreciation from the audience.


Foster, H. (2007). Art since 1900: modernism, anti-modernism, postmodernism (Repr. With corr.ed). London: Thames& Hudson.

Calinescu, M. (1987). Five faces of modernity: modernism, avant-grade, decadence, kitsch, postmodernism. Durham: Duke University Press.