Now I’ve been given The Doll as my text I have been doing some research on the themes of the writing so I have some ideas on where to take my individual response.
Themes: Myth (Pygmalion), Sci-Fi, Feminism and Confessional Poetry.
Pygmalion was a Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory. According to Ovid, after seeing the Propoetides he wasn’t interested in women, but his statue was so beautiful and realistic that he fell in love with it. He wished to Aphrodite for a bride “that is a living likeness of my ivory girl.” Once he returned home he kissed the statue to find it warm and alive.
Confessional poetry is the poetry of the personal or “I”. This style of writing emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Private experiences which dealt with death, trauma, depression and relationships were addressed. I don’t think that this is a theme I want to explore for my response as I do not want to produce a solely typographic piece which I think this lends itself to.
To look at: The British Museum, sculptures, Aubery Beardsley, Walter Crane, Niv Bavarsky, black figure pottery, The V&A etc.
After researching black-figure pottery I created a page of patterns that I put through the riso printer just to have a look at how I could recreate the vibe. Using recycled paper I printed out riso black on top and I think this produced a similar effect to the look of the pottery. So I think going forward I want to riso print for my response in order to reflect the theme of myth in a subtle way, however, I need to think about what I’m actually going to print out as my illustration!