V. Use the artifact to discuss how acts of creative expression impact and are impacted by the people and situations that surround it. How might the artifact and the person who created it have impacted each other? For instance, how might the geographic location where the artifact was made, the materials used to create the artifact, the medium of the creative process, or the environment where the artifact is displayed influence the creator’s life or future creative work? How might the artifact and the culture or context in which it was created have impacted each other? For instance, does the artifact add to the understanding of the culture from which it was created? What contributions does it
make to continuing on a dialogue about that culture and the importance of its artifacts? Norman Rockwell & J. Howard Millers versions of Rosie the Riveter were created during the time of World War II, where factories and mills were the kind of places people worked at. Norman Rockwell painted his version in Vermont of a woman name Mary Doyle Keefe. Rockwell had exaggerated her strength and made her look manlier that she actually was. He later sent an apology letter for making her look like that in the poster. This painting was one of Rockwell’s most famous paintings. Rosie was dressed in work clothes and a bandana with buff arms to show strength and hard work. Later the paint was made in the poster created by J. Howard Miller and was used nationwide. It became the propaganda to sell war bonds and encourage women to help work in the industrial workforce. The propaganda is still used to empower women to show them they can do anything men can due. Both images have become an iconic symbol of women’s rights, the empowerment of women, and are used for other causes and political campaigns. It is used to create more of a diverse world with the workforce and life.
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