Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Statement of Intent

Fig 1 (above):Lisbeth Zwerger, Little Red Cap 1983
In my research and enquiry, I intend to investigate contemporary illustrations of Little Red Riding Hood. 
I will be looking at how the illustrators of this story have reinvested the text with contemporary meaning and interpretation. Whilst exploring the history of illustration of this genre to see how ideas have changed and developed through the ages, or indeed stayed true to the original visual interpretation
Fig 2 (above) Walter Crane (1845-1915)

I will also be looking at how the use of different media has changed the visualization of this historic subject and story.
Fig 3 (above) Hermann Vogel (16 October 1854 – 22 February 1921) 

My reasons for selecting this area for investigation and study, is that I am often drawn in my own practice to illustrate this story and I am constantly surprised at how this traditional tale with it's iconic visual language can be re-interpreted and applied to modern scenarios.  As this story is so embedded in my inner culture and psyche I do often find myself thinking on it, inevitably applying it's message to contemporary modern life, like a parable.

Fig 4 (above) Adres Contemporary Graffiti, Lisbon Portugal 2009.

Fig 1.  Zwerger L, Little Red Cap 1983          
Fig 2.   Crane W, (1845-1915) wood engraving
Fig 3.  Vogel H, (16 October 1854 – 22 February 1921)
Fig 4.  Andres: Graffiti in Lisbon, Portugal 2009

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