5 Pages

Ways in to the Text

ByKarina Jakubowicz

Griselda Pollock's core argument in Vision and Difference is based on the premise that all artworks are a product of their environment. The subject that the artist represents, the way they represent it, their choice of materials, and the resources available to them, are all determined by the time and place in which they work. Consequently, even when an artist is not trying to make a political statement, their work will still be entrenched in the social, cultural, and political context in which it is made. The argument posited in Vision and Difference has a number of implications within the contexts of art history, literature, history, media studies, and advertising, among other areas. Vision and Difference still forms a part of the debate about the place of feminism in the humanities. Pollock argued that gender should not be a subject that is simply tacked on to traditional courses, instead feminism should have an influence on the course as a whole.