Joseph Bueys


Joseph Beuys’s diverse body of work ranges from traditional media of drawing, painting, and sculpture, to process-oriented or time-based action art. Beuys is especially famous for works incorporating animal fat and felt, two common materials – one organic, the other fabricated, or industrial – that had profound personal meaning to the artist. He suggested that art, common materials and everyday life are inseparable. Beuys frequently blurred the lines between art and life by suggesting that what one believed to constitute as reality mattered more in matters of human action, social/political behaviour, and personal creativity than any definition of everyday reality. I relate to Beuys’s work through how he wanted to effect environmental and social change through his many projects and the way in which he engages with normality through a different perspective.

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