Understanding Visual Culture-Part 3- Deconstruction

For this exercise we had to research deconstruction and make notes on our findings. We then had to use our knowledge on deconstruction on a piece of writing, artwork or music.

Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction relates to post-modernism theories and attitudes. It looks at the way meaning is constructed and how authors/artists can imply things that they don’t mean. Deconstruction seeks to take away from the text or image as it is about looking for what isn’t there like ‘blind spots’.

I chose to use David Hockney’s Still Life, Taj Hotel Bombay 1977.


I chose this image as it is quite simple, however I feel that there is a lot of depth to it. To begin with I tried to identify what the signifier and signified aspects of the image were. I see the signifier as the objects within the still life and the signified is the end of the journey and the calm and relexed environment. The layout of the objects seems very well arranged which could disguise Hockney’s often chaotic life. It is also framed quite close to the objects, this could possibly have been done so the viewer cannot view the rest of the area which could be messy from unpacking. due to this close up, the viewer has no impression of where Hockney is. The only clues are that it must be somewhere sunny and far away as there is a British Airways tag on the briefcase. With Hockney’s use of quite bright, airy and strong colours it could perhaps show that he is somewhat depressed and masking this with the use of his colours. The image is also quite intimate, showing some of Hockney’s personal belongings, some which may be of great importance to him.





About kunsworthphotography

I am currently studying towards a BA (Hons) in Photography with OCA and I have 2 children, Evie(4 years old) and Connor(3 years old)
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