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Comparative Study 3 two south African artists

Part 1: Comparative study criteria

Markband
achieved

Analysis of formal qualities

3 (56)

Interpretation of function and


purpose

3 (56)

Evaluation of cultural
significance

3 (56)

Making comparisons and


connections

3 (56)

Presentation and subject-specific


language

56

(HL only)
Making connections to own artmaking practice

1012

Examiner comments
The student has studied two works by two South African contemporary artists, one working
during and after Apartheid, one in the post-Apartheid era. Due to the formal requirements
outlined in the Visual arts guide(March 2014), only a maximum mark of 3 can be awarded in
criteria AD, despite the overall strength of the study: candidates who do not examine and
compare at least 3 artworks by at least 2 different artists will not be awarded a mark higher than
3 in this criterion.

Comparative Study 3 two south African artists


Analysis of formal qualities
A

The student identifies and analyses the formal qualities of the selected
pieces in a consistently informed and effective manner. There is a
particularly good analysis on screen 7 of the composition of Baileys
photograph A Place in the Sun. However, candidates who do not
examine and compare at least 3 artworks by at least 2 different artists
will not be awarded a mark higher than 3 in this criterion.
Interpretation of function and purpose
The student demonstrates a consistently informed and appropriate
interpretation of the function and purpose of the selected pieces
within the cultural context in which they were created. However,
candidates who do not examine and compare at least 3 artworks by
at least 2 different artists will not be awarded a mark higher than 3 in
this criterion.

Evaluation of cultural significance


The student gives a consistently informed and appropriate evaluation
of the material, conceptual and cultural significance of the selected
piecesparticularly the excellent background information on the
cultural significance of the work in relation to South Africas dark
history. However, candidates who do not examine and compare at
least 3 artworks by at least 2 different artists will not be awarded a
mark higher than 3 in this criterion.

Making comparisons and connections


On screen 13, there is a good comparison of the two works, and
similarities discussed, particularly in the way the work is presented.
However, candidates who do not examine and compare at least 3
artworks by at least 2 different artists will not be awarded a mark
higher than 3 in this criterion.

Presentation and subject-specific language


For criterion E, the highest markband is appropriate for the maturity
shown in the writing, use of subject-specific language, and clarity of
presentation.

(HL only) Making connections to own art-making practice


The student finally explains how the work has influenced her to make
first a series of film-based photographs, culminating in a painting
(Blue Dress #2) with symbolic elements. Some meaningful
connections to own art-making practice are made, but the use of the
blue dress is perhaps rather too close to the original work, and could
have been developed further.