Project 2Southern New Hampshire UniversityJeremy Malley
There are many factors that implore humans to express themselves through artifacts. Humans are social animals, understanding, and being understood, help to create community. People tend to create based on their experiences, making their artifact a representation of themselves, their times, their perspectives, and their culture. Expression can cross geographic, cultural, language, and age differences to send ideas, conditions and experiences across the worldand in to the future for coming generations. Culture, after all, is the summation of human knowledge and experience.Norman Rockwell, for instance created Rosie the Riveter as a tribute to the women who broke gender norms during World War II to enter factory work, creating munitions for American troops. What the women Rosie represents did was monumental. Their nation needed someone to do factory work to crank out equipment to fight the war, and they answered. As can be seen inRockwell’s work, these women were the ultimate patriots in his eyes, which is why he placed herin front of an American flag while wearing her patriotic pins. Rockwell’s Rosie served other purposes for the artist. The artifact was sold to The Saturday Evening Post and graced its cover.