Law and Legal Systems

Art and human body

The human body is essential to how we understand the levels of identity such as gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Many artists explore gender through representations of the body and by using their own bodies in their craft.


  1. Watch the following videos.
  2. Research and explore for other information on these artists and their artwork.
  3. Read the discussion questions below and leave your comments using the “Reply” prompt.
  4. Make sure you proofread your posts and cite you sources using MLA format.



  1. Which artwork did you react most strongly to (positively or negatively)?
  2. Talk about the artwork (and link if you can) and tell us what interested or repelled you about it.


  1. Pick two artists from Cindy Sherman, Kimsooja, Vito Acconci or Chris Burden.
    • What effects are created by the artists using their bodies as part of their own work?
    • Compare and contrast the two that you have chosen.
  2. What kind of influence does identity have on an artist?
    • In what ways do you think gender, race, social class, or sexual orientation would have an effect on their work?
    • Use specific art examples.
  3. What do you think Parker is encouraging us to think about with the Folkestone Mermaid?
    • Is she defying the notion that only idealized female bodies have a place in art, or perhaps encouraging us to see the everyday as something more heroic?
  4. How do you think Sherman’s work relates to the way we present ourselves in social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat etc?
    • Do we make up characters for ourselves the way she does?
    • How is that problematic and/or beneficial?
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