What is Guerilla Art?
Guerilla art is the surreptitious, and often sudden, creation or installation of unauthorized public art, often with the purpose of making an overt political statement. The term is often used interchangably with “street art.”
Guerilla art consists of reclaiming space and changing its dynamics with images or counter images, art that has been created anonymously and left on walls or in places such as public squares. Guerrilla art is not only spray paint and text and images. It can also encompass theater and film projections projected on walls of buildings.
One of the most popular forms of guerilla art is the alteration of billboards, often with the intent of creating an absurd or ironic message from the original advertising content. Such installations are often meant to be somewhat subtle.
For our Concepts of Persuasion module, we have been asked to come up with a guerilla art to be set within the school area which addresses a social issue. I chose abortion as I feel the need to acknowledge the topic as it is a very serious matter that teenagers should know about nowadays, considering the rise in the number of young women aborting their pregnancy.
Here is what I did!
Right in the jar on the extreme right of the image, contains a foetus. Here’s a close-up.
Not a very pleasant sight, but that is the main point. To be using the emotive of disgust to bring across the message.
The yellow sign reads,
“The fine line between trash and this is that, it actually has a heart. Unfortunately, it stopped beating.”
I used such a statement as it evokes the feeling of guilt within humans. The composition is in such a way as I wanted to portray how people abort a child just like how they treat rubbish. The point is, a foetus, a child is not rubbish and we cannot afford to treat them in such a way. They deserve a chance to live!
You can see, I love babies. Hahaha. But yes, that was how my guerilla art was. I had fun setting up the art and I really hope one day I’ll be able to create guerilla art in public as I feel that it is a very effective form of art, not to mention, absolutely creative!