Aids ( Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome ) Essay

1187 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) has taken victim of a multitude of lives in the United States during the 20th century. Many believed that this epidemic was a sign of judgement in relation to the religions they worship. Others viewed this stigma as a curse and that revealing themselves would shame themselves for the rest of their lives. Masami Teraoka is a Japanese-born American artist who began to focus his works on the AIDS epidemic after a close friend’s baby contracted HIV. His artwork, Tale of 1000 Condoms/Geisha and Skeleton, was created in 1989 in the United States. The entirety of this piece of art is eleven by seven feet and is painted upon a canvas with watercolor and sumi-e ink. Teraoka was influenced by America’s favoritism for big things and demonstrates that through his paintings. The painting depicts a geisha about to service her customer, but this customer was in the form of a skeleton, symbolizing the name of the artwork. A series of different themes and messages related to AIDS are found throughout the canvas if observed carefully.
Teraoka created a beautiful, fluid canvas that demonstrates no errors with his brushwork. There would usually be occasional spots or blobs where an artist would put down their brush and pick it back up; however, Geisha and Skeleton has no sign of such activity. Not only is there perfect handiwork, Teraoka creates an amazing representation of a geisha, exhibiting an emphasis of implied texture in his work. He manages to…

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