Privileging a dimension

Tonight my Canadian art history class had a guest lecture on Inuit art from Sheila Butler, who has taught print-making in Baker LakeThe regular teacher fell over herself trying to describe the Inuit printmakers’ two-dimensional style without calling it cartoonish or childlike.

Butler talked about modern (Euro-American) artists working within their actual 2D surface, as a break from centuries of trying to portray the 3D world in this flattened plane.  She said that an artist “can privilege one or the other”; neither is intrinsically better.

I didn’t know that anti-oppression concepts like privilege apply to dimensions!

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