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2 Artworks and their effects

The ‘effects’ point of the study diamond (Figure 1) seems especially relevant to an examination of art by Turner Prize-nominated artists: as you have seen, such art seems to provoke dramatic reactions. In this section, you will be looking in detail at two types of effect, namely:

  1. the emotional impact of an artwork and how to record your feelings about this impact
  2. the way in which the different elements of an artwork prompt you to ‘read’ it in a particular order, focusing on one aspect of it before others.
A line drawing of a diamond on its side with a word written at each point.
Figure 1 The study diamond