Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Week 11 - Allegory - Rowan Devoe & the melody censor

Right: the melody censor(Susan)

Rowan: For Week 11, Susan and I got the theme "Allegory". We both went with a visual form of an Allegory. As an artistic device, an allegory is visual symbolic representation. An example of of a simple visual allegory is the image of the Grim Reaper which is seen as the symbol for death.
Susan chose to do her version of the Comedy/Tragedy masks made famous by the ancient Greeks Plato and Aristotle where ancient Greek plays used masks to mimic life at their time. These masks are now seen as a symbol for all Theatre.

I chose the painting "Primavera" by the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli(1445-1510), "Primavera"(1482) was first the icon of of the springtime renewal of the Florentine Renaissance and has grown to represent the coming of 'spring" in general by showing famous Roman Gods and Godesses related to springtime. I chose to try and turn myself into "Venus" who stands in the middle of this painting.
Whew! I hope I got at least some of that right!

tmc: I am the luckiest girl in the world! I've had the oportunity to pair up with Merle three times now for this project and all three times the results have been great.

When I selected the themes from a hat for this week, Merle and her partner were given the them Allegory (I'm still sorry about the themes girls!), but her partner was unable to participate in the end. So Merle asked if she could pair her interpretation of Boticelli's Primavera with my Melpomene & Thalia. I of course jumped at the chance!

1 comment:

  1. and, yeah, that had to be kind of long because "allegory" makes my wee head spin! ha! i was about to add, "i'm not the sharpest knob on the door"-spoken in true "merle" form. i think i need to put my brain on ice for a while...can you believe i once spoke greek, spanish, some italian and german all at once? maybe i wasn't supposed to though.