Summative_Assessment_1WEEK6.docx - 1 Exploration Document Jessica Mays HUM200 Cultural Artifacts My first choice is the painting called"Gold Marilyn

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Exploration Document Jessica Mays HUM200 Cultural Artifacts My first choice is the painting called "Gold Marilyn Monroe" by Andy Warhol. "Gold Marilyn Monroe" is a Pop Art installation created in 1962. It was painted with silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer paint on a canvas. It depicts Marilyn Monroe's face, brightly colored with neon paints on a gold background. It currently resides at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. My second choice is the poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson. It was published in 1890 after Dickinson's death. The poem is about the author meeting "death" personified. She described death as a gentleman who arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. Common Theme The common theme between the two works is death. When reading Emily Dickinson's poem, the message is clear. Emily is writing about meeting death personified. He comes as a gentleman on a horse-drawn carriage and takes her to the afterlife. She rides through some of the events one might experience in their own life to heaven. When you look at Andy Warhol's painting of Marilyn Monroe you might not understand how death is the theme when the painting is so bright and colorful. Marilyn was troubled and this painting was created shortly after her suicide. You can see Marilyn's face, forced to pretend she is happy, her depression masked by the bright colors. It is also considered that it was meant to paint Marilyn like a religious figure. Someone who people worshiped. 1
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Personal Experience Death is a part of life. While it may be someone's worst fear, it could be welcoming for someone who is suffering. I have had my fair share of loss in my life, and often ponder the questions revolving what happens when we die. My first experience with death was when I was around 7 or 8. I lost a family friend in a tragic car accident. She was the first adult in my life that treated me like her friend rather than a kid. She was spunky and cool. I named my first hamster after her.
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