Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 20

Hello All,

Today will be a group blog done in class.

First, view Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz's art. Then, in groups of two or three, analyze one artwork.

What is the theme/message of this artwork? How do the artists use archetypes to convey this theme/message?

Your response should be a paragraph that contains at least one of each type of sentence:



  1. Travis Tolliver & Katie Snow
    The theme of this is a naked child climbing a ladder to get her dresses.The child is beyond civilization, and the child is trying to obtain civilization by reaching her clothes.Because the white of the snow represents life and death, the ladder represents a climb to salvation, and the clothes are the child's safety from her nudity.After the child reaches her clothes, she will be restored to the rest of society.

  2. cynthia arciga and reshona rossJanuary 20, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    In the picture, the traveler 225-2007, the theme is loneliness, longing for passion, despair and love. The artist conveys loneliness by showing the image of a woman standing alone on top of a rock. The artist is conveying that the woman is longing for passion; the woman looks as though she is waiting for something or someone. Although the woman is not moving, she is standing on the rock as though she wants to go somewhere or find someone, but there is a hesitation in her stands. Despair and love are embodied by the vibrant red dress the woman is wearing. The red dress represents love, and the rock that she stands on implies that she is still optimistic about finding love someday. The image also shows two men holding the woman’s dress; this symbolizes the men that have held the woman back in her past and continue to hold her back from the future that awaits her. The men signify her past relationships that she’s had in her past.

  3. Charles Chi and Donna DayritJanuary 20, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    The Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz art work called “Meanwhile Further South, 2007” illustrates how people find different ways to travel south. Even though, there is an obstacle on their journey, they found a way to get across. Fortunately, there is a tool, and they use it to walk across the ocean. Unfortunately, while the weather is really cold, they have jackets and beanies to keep their body warm and prevent from getting hypothermia. Holding tight on the stick, symbolizes their confidence and toughness to reach their goal and fulfilling their journey. The trees represent gloominess and loneliness of the travelers as they walk passes them. The type of archetype that the artists used for this artwork was the journey, because it expresses the people’s attitude toward exploring a new life. The journey also conveys their motivation to explore the world even though they will be trials that they may face along the way. The people’s journey may symbolize the escape from reality.

  4. Allison Smith
    Paul Wilson
    Mike Contreras
    Justin Jordan

    The theme of this art work is death. This artist uses the dead trees and barren landscape to add to this message of death and sorrow; several of the men in the trees are dressed in black which can also represent death. In contrast, a small crowd of people stand cherring all dressd in bright colors which demonstrartes their amusement. Two people are restrained as they are about to be judged; as ones being judged they wear white cone shaped hats. As the corpses remain lifeless in the trees, the dark caves found hidden beneath them beckon their damned souls to the depths of hell; the sinister joy of the cheering masses echoes through the caves as the last journey is made.

  5. Marisol Ramos
    Roxanne Martinez
    David Wilson

    In Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz’s Snow globe, Traveler 225 a woman is standing on the edge of a snow covered cliff wearing a bright red dress with a flowing tale that is being held by two men. The red symbolizes the woman’s power and liberation, yet the dress embodies the soft and elegance. The woman is surrounded by snow, which signifies that she is in a dream like state. The theme of the snow globe could imply that her soul is free, innocent, and purified. The place she is in appears to be wishful and timeless.

  6. Jessica Cooper, Victoria Valencia, Kandice Edwards, Ana Aguilar.

    The painting "The Cliff" by Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz depicts a group of people leaping joyfully off of a cliff in the middle of the ocean (or other large body of water) and into the deep, dark, icy, oceanic abyss.
    The Cliff itself symbolizes one who may be at the brink of turmoil and could possibly be teedering with the ideas of either continuing to face their current dilemmas in hopes that the troubles will eventually subside, or face the possiblility that death might perhaps be their only other alternative. The snow in the painting represents the harsh cold winter, which is emplematic of death.

  7. Amanda Patrick
    Kayla Rodriguez
    Brianne Holloway

    This painting has a few different elements from which we can derive meaning, all of which take our minds to the same meaning, purity. The hills represent spirituality, the white snow and fog like haze symbolize innocence, while the use of blue with the white represents the Virgin Mary. The water indicates that the artist has the idea of rebirth in mind. The water also adds to the mystery; symbolizing a cycle and a place from where things come and return, the boat represents the “come and return”, signifying the cycle.

  8. Sheree, Mireya, BereniseJanuary 20, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    We chose "Traveler 53 at Night, 2003" by Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz. The snow globe contains two people dancing in the snow covered grave yard. The red archetypes of the woman's dress implies passion, energy, love, and life, while the man's blonde hair indicates his intellect and masculinity. The snow can be associated with life and death, but the setting is a grave yard, so it represents life's triumph over death. The theme of this snowglobe is the life of a new relationship, and the death of the dancer's lives before each other, while the message is abot the reoccuring cycle of beginning and ends of relashionships.

  9. Amanda Mendoza and Cynthia DiazJanuary 20, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    The art work, The Traveler 204 shows a young person climbing up a ladder trying to reach the clothes that are hung on the branches of a tree. While the tree symbolizes life,the path there can be a journey.The backdrop of white snow conveys the innocence of adolecense, while the different colored clothing represents the different personality traites one can have,and the ladder represents the journey yet to come.The archtype that is represented in this snowglobe, in our opinion, is the journy through life; which we know life is full of many obstacles.

  10. Esther Moreno, Maria Jauregui, and Sara De La Torre,
    Our group chose the Bad Nun painting from the Walter and Paloma Munos section. The theme in this painting represents the evil power recruiting the inocence.The artist used the nun as a representation of power, law, order, submission and persuasion. The little children represent the innocent mind of those following their teachings. Both powers had a rat like tail which represented conveyers of disease, aggressive, filthy and greedy. The path that the children followed led to a sacred place of worship also known as a temple. To the side of the path there was a lonely cemetery.
    Simple sentence: The children are being guided.
    Compound: Nuns’ are guiding our children through the dark path; it may lead to death.
    Complex: the nuns are not teaching the "Good News", because the children are dying.
    Compound-complex: even though they represent good, they are being misled, and taken into a hidden place.

  11. Christiana Blair and Gustavo RevelesJanuary 20, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz’s Traveler 225 artwork shows a women with an elegant, red, long dress, who is standing on top of a peak with two men holding the train of her dress. The woman instills a message of love in her admirers, which gives them hope for quality of life. Martin and Munoz utilize such archetypes as the red dress, signifying charity and love, which stands out among the white falling snow, portraying purity, hope, optimism, and above all, a new beginning. Even though the woman depicts hope for others, she endorses a sense of emptiness as she gazes out sparingly, waiting for peace of mind. Accordingly, she appears to be apt for life, yet she is still grasping onto reality, in search of herself.

  12. Ashley Baker and Evangelina Sanchez

    Walter Martin’s and Paloma Munoz’s artwork Traveler 170 at night, 2005, displays themes of despondency, instability, insecurity, and the absence of family. The male archetype is used to convey such themes through body language. His back is hunched over, which is indicative of insecurity and being over-burdened with responsibilities. He is alone, distanced from the empty home, and his head is bowed, which indicates a conscious reflection or rumination. The home archetype is used as a symbol of family. In this artwork the home is empty with an unstable foundation, which imparts the themes of insecurity, instability, and the absence of family. When considering the use of such archetypes in this artwork, one can assume that the man is over-burdened with familial responsibilities, and ruminating on the absence of his family, imparting upon the viewer the man’s despondency and insecurity.

  13. Amelia Gonzalez and Ingrid Borja said...
    It is cold and snowing outside; the naked boy does not seem cold. The boy is gliding through the snow. According to Martin and Paloma, the “child” is endowed with superior powers, and despite all dangers, will unexpectedly pull through. Even though the boy increases the chances of getting sick, he seems blissful to be playing in the snow naked. The child could overcome anything and nothing will stop him