An online art challenge- using everyday objects


Cameron Hart

My recreation of Liotard’s still life for the Getty Museum Challenge.

Art can be shown in many forms, and represented through many things. Everything, in some way, is a form of art, even simple objects such as a can of Soda. It all lies in both the design and presentation. and with coronavirus people have even more time for art.

The Getty Museum has some of the best art one can find within its building, art filled with each of their own unique history. Among these works of art is one called Still Life: Tea Set, made by Jean-Etienne Liotard in 1781-1783, which is the art I have chosen to recreate. This artwork has been moved into many different houses and galleries throughout the many years it has been around, including Fischer and Chichio Haller (Zurich, Switzerland). The Getty Museum was inspired to create this challenge by an Instagram account called Tussen Kunst en Quarantaine (Between Art and Quarantine).

Still Life: Tea Set, Jean-Etienne Liotard (1781-1783)

My recreation of Liotards artwork, done with stuff I found within my kitchen. I included Basil chips, tap water, a banana, and Dr. Pepper. I used the best tiny plates I could find, my best tray, a wine glass, and a small sake cup from Japan.

Recreating this art was shockingly fun to do. It allowed me to use some of my best kitchen materials, and positioning everything to be perfect was a highly satisfying and calming task. Within the image, everything is positioned so that it’s clear as to what it is. The banana, the Dr. Pepper, even the crumbs of the Basil cookies. Seeing how it turned out as a final product was good to see, especially since it took a while to set up for the photo. It’s all so the overall image appeals to the eye. In conclusion, it was a fun little challenge to attempt, and I think everyone should try it out.

Take a look at the challenge and see if you would like to try it here: