I find coming up with a title one of the most challenging parts of writing. Whether it be a literary analysis, a research paper, or even an post on Instagram, my creativity seems to disappear. There was one time a friend came to me to help come up with a title for an app, and for the life of me, I could not come up with anything. I’m always so impressed with those who are able to come up with catchy titles and captions, as it is most definitely not my forte.
I seem to be in the same predicament with coming up with a title for my exhibition for my capstone. When museum exhibitions focus on a single artist, it is pretty straightforward, using his or her name as the title. In my case, I am looking at a variety of painters from a wide range of time. My focus is the agency of women in portraiture… basically comparing how male artists illustrated women and what sort of say those women had in their image, in comparison to how female artists portrayed their subjects and themselves. I like the idea of having a catchy couple word title with a colon and then a brief explanation, “____: ______________” but coming up with the words to fill in the blanks has proven difficult.
Although it is a small piece of the project, a catchy title is so important to get someone to look deeper into the project. As much as we are taught to not judge a book by its cover, by scrolling through so many projects, the title and aesthetics of a Capstone project are critical to capturing a reader’s attention. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out soon!