Glossary

Impasto

noun. / imˈpastō /

1). With impasto, artists lay paint so thickly that it sticks out from the surface of the painting.


Identity Politics

noun. / ˌīˈden(t)ədē ˈpäləˌtiks /

1). All politics are identity politics.

2). More narrowly, identity politics refers to the ways in which people living in oppressive systems achieve self-determination. The phrase was coined by Black lesbian feminists belonging to the Combahee River Collective in 1977. They used “identity politics” to center their intersecting experiences as women, as Black women, and as lesbians. “This focusing upon our own oppression is embodied in the concept of identity politics,” they wrote. “We believe that the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity.”


Icon

noun. / ˈīˌkän /

1). An icon is a religious object that simultaneously depicts and embodies a holy figure. It is a presence as much as it is a representation.

2). An icon is someone who becomes emblematic or symbolic of something.


Grotesque

noun and adjective. / ɡrōˈtesk /

1). Grotesque means ugly, distorted, or incongruous to a shocking degree.

2). In architecture, a grotesque is a mythical figure that is used as a decorative element.


Gesamtkunstwerk

noun. / ɡəˈzamtˌkʊnst.vɛʁk /

1). Gesamtkunstwerk means a “total work of art.” It refers to a unifying experience in which visual art, architecture, design, and other modes of creative expressions are brought together.