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n Acta Academica - Painting history : as anti-Leviathan emblem

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

<b>Skilder van die historiese : <I>Terra incognita&lt;/I&gt; as anti-Leviathan emblem</b> <br>Hierdie ondersoek oor die saamgestelde beeldmateriaal, visuele vertelling en historiese betrokkenheid in Penny Siopis se <I>Terra incognita&lt;/I&gt; (1991) verbind haar "geskiedskildering"- reeks aanvanklik met die oorsprongkonteks en met konsepte uit die hedendaagse visuele teorie. Sinspeling op William Blake se &lt;I&gt;Nebukadnesar&lt;/I&gt; in die Siopis skildery suggereer die kritiese idee van emblematiese strategieë van ideologiese weerstand. Die titelbladembleem van Thomas Hobbes se &lt;I&gt;Leviathan&lt;/I&gt; (1651) word voorgestel as die emblematiese teenparty van <I>Terra incognita</I>. Sekere wêreldhistoriese implikasies van sulke beeldende teenstellings word ondersoek met die oogmerk om diepliggende meersinnighede in die visuele voorstelling van kosmos en chaos, mag en lyding, geregtigheid en kwaad te peil.

Investigating the composite imagery, visual narration and historical engagement of Penny Siopis's <I>Terra incognita&lt;/I&gt; (1991), this study first relates her "history painting" series to its context of origin and to categories in current visual theory. The allusion to William Blake's &lt;I&gt;Nebuchadnezzar&lt;/I&gt; in the Siopis painting introduces the critical notion of counter-emblematic strategies of ideological resistance. The title-page emblem of Thomas Hobbes's &lt;I&gt;Leviathan&lt;/I&gt; (1651) is proposed as the emblematic counterpart of <I>Terra incognita</I>. Certain world-historical implications of such counter-imaging are investigated with the object of unearthing deep-seated ambiguities in the visual representation of cosmos and chaos, power and suffering, justice and evil.

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