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Sculpture is one of the few pieces of art that engages our senses differently than with any other type of art This is because sculpture occupies spaces a three-dimensional mass compared to paintings that occupy two-dimensional spaces Paintings and other two- dimensional artwork can suggest density but sculpture is dense We fully apprehend sculpture by using no only the visual and tactile senses but also the weight and volume behind those surfaces However Sculpture is not experienced only by sight alone Our nervous system is much more complex When something triggers a sense a chain reaction of all the other sensors follows by either sensory motor connections or memory association We are constantly grasping and handling things as well as seeing smelling tasting and hearing them When we see an object we can generalize how the object feels how it sounds when hit how it tastes and how it smells if we were to approach it All of the senses are involved in sculpture but touch is much more involved in our participation with sculpture By clarifying such differences we get a better understanding of the sculpture and therefore a more rewarding participation There are many ways to evaluate art When we evaluate sculpture we become a critic As a responsible critic we aim for the fullest understanding and participation with a sculpture By understanding all of the concepts of art and the necessity for participation when evaluating it we get a better understanding of those concepts thus allowing us a more refined second experience and wiser critic of the arts There are three different types of criticism descriptive - focusing on form interpretive - focusing on content and evaluative - focusing on the relative merits of a work Each type sharpens our perceptions of a form of art and increases our understanding of its content In this essay we will evaluate the sculpture Vietnam Womens Memorial Three Nurses and
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