Banksy and Aristotle: Chelsea Kehrli’s thoughts
Aristotle once said, “These, then, are two parts of the story, reversal and discovery, and a third is suffering. Of these, reversal and discovery have been described, and suffering is an action that is destructive or painful, such as deaths in plain view, as well as tortures and woundings and as many other things as are of that sort.”
Banksy, the mysterious “hoodlum” behind the gas mask, relates to this quote very well, and even goes beyond it. Through Banksy’s crude humor and “read between the lines” messages he paints on a wall, he often shows reversal, discovery, and suffering. Banksy has even written a few books that contain his artwork, foul-mouthed quotes, and your not so average fairy tales. In his artwork and stories, people usually have to look past their noses to figure out the meaning behind is madness. In many of his graffiti pieces, there is a political meaning behind them and he usually shows this by a reversal of roles often using figures of authority and children.
There is also a discovery in his work, but the viewers make the discovery. People have to look past the paint and have a change from their own “ignorance to recognition.” Banksy wants his viewer’s opinions to be shaken up by his own opinions that grab the public’s attention immediately. He makes people really think twice about what they are looking at and maybe even consider their own beliefs.
Banksy also shows suffering in some of his work. He shows it to get his message across to the public, and I’m sure that some of the public does a little suffering of their own after seeing some of his work.
Everyone has their own views and opinions; we just choose to express them differently. Some people preach it, and others hop a fence and throw paint over an eight-foot stencil of a rat. Banksy likes to evoke more than just fear and pity in his audience. He likes to make them stop and look at his message while they are walking down the street.