When choosing a title for your related personal study, it is important to take into account the following key areas that your study is likely to cover:
Which artist(s) and/or photographer(s) do you want to make the focus of your study? You could look at an individual, a group of artists working at the same time/ as part of a movement, or compare and contrast two or more different artists…
What type of work are you looking at? Paintings, photographs, sculptures, installation/conceptual artworks, etc.
Are you looking at a particular time period, or do you want to track or trace how a selection of artists have approached a particular theme/subject over time? What is the context in which your artist(s) and/or photographer(s) worked? As well as a location in which the artist(s) lived and worked, this also refers to the socio-political context of the time, e.g. Germany during WW2, London during the 1990’s, New York in the 1960’s, Victorian England at the time when exotic wildlife, flora and fauna were first being imported and exhibited…
Why are you interested in studying this artist(s) and/or photographer(s)? What is the underlying theme which ties all of your analyses together, and which links the study to your own emerging interests and ideas? Do all of the artworks/ artists/ art movements have something in common? e.g. self-identity, momento mori, feminism, war, etc.
Examples of Effective Titles for a Related Personal Study
“A study of Man Ray’s Surrealist Photographs in which he draws
comparisons between the human body and other objects”
“Appropriation; How Tom Hunter and Peter Blake Referenced Paintings from
the National Gallery’s Collections within their Contemporary Photography/Collage Works”
“Assembling Meaning; A study of meanings and symbolism associated with found objects, imagery and text within the assembled artworks of Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters and Robert Rauschenburg”
“Powerful Women; A study of the influence of Greek Mythology on Gustav Klimt’s paintings of women”
“Numinous Experiences; A study of the spiritual relationship between man and nature expressed by a selection of landscape artists/photographers throughout history, including J.M.W Turner and other artists”
Jenny Saville; Comparing the Human Body to Meat
Journeys; Exploring the Relationship between Man and the Natural Environment
in the Landscape Interventions of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long
Beautiful little moments; a study of how Martin Parr and other
photographers have depicted ordinary people in everyday scenes
Anthropomorphism; a selection of artists who have found references to the human form
in everyday objects, ranging from Giuseppe Archimbaldo to Sarah Lucas
Industrial Cities; a study of artists who have depicted factories and industry in cities, f
rom the industrial revolution to present, including L.S. Lowry and John Virtue