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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - The grotesque as it appears in Western art history and in Ian Marley's creative creatures

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Abstract

This article presents a theoretical exploration and reading of the notion of the grotesque in Western history of art to serve as background to the reading of the original creatures in the "Tracking creative creatures" project. These creatures were drawn by Marley, based on imaginary creatures narrated by his five year-old son, Joshua. The focus in this article is on the occurrence of the grotesque in paintings and drawings. Three techniques associated with the grotesque are identified : the presence of imagined fusion figures or composite creatures, the violation and exaggeration of standing categories or concepts, and the juxtaposition of the ridiculous and the horrible. The use of these techniques is illustrated in selected artworks and Marley's creatures are then read from the angle of these strategies.


Hierdie artikel bied 'n teoretiese ondersoek na en 'n lees van die voorkoms van die groteske in Westerse kunsgeskiedenis as 'n agtergrondstudie tot die lees van die oorspronklike kreature in die projek, "Op die spoor van kreatiewe kreature". Die kreature is deur Ian Marley geteken, gebaseer op verbeeldingskreature wat deur sy sesjarige seun, Joshua aan hom vertel is. Die toespitsing in hierdie artikel is op die groteske in sketse en skilderkuns. Drie tegnieke wat met die groteske geassosieer word, word geïdentifiseer, te wete die skep van verbeeldings- en saamgestelde figure, 'n afwyking van die normale en 'n jukstaposisionering van die belaglike en die afskrikwekkende. Die aanwending van hierdie tegnieke word geïllustreer in geselekteerde kunswerke en Marley se kreature word dan vanuit die hoek van hierdie tegnieke gelees.

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2009-04-01
2016-12-04
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