|Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn, 1995|
After beginning my research on artist Ai Weiwei, I was very surprised to not have heard of him. What he is doing for China with his art and ideas is so brave and honorable, and seeing how powerful the work is that he has completed inspires me to want to use my artistic skills for the greater good of the world. It is very interesting to see how Weiwei, as well as other artists like Kalup Linzy and Piplotti Rist, are using their art in very different ways to address social issues such as governmental oppression, homosexuality, and feminism, respectively. The variety of artistic and digital mediums that they utilize to spread their message opened my eyes up to so many new possibilities of how to spread my own message(s) of change throughout society. It also helped me realize that embracing and utilizing technology is important, almost necessary to any social movement in this digital age.