This paper will look at the nexus between literature and the visual field with reference to the artist’s book which holds a unique position, wherein it straddles both the visual and literary fields. Using the book as artifact, the visual artist pays tribute to the historical structure of the book, but interprets or modifies the form of the book, in order to create a platform for the artist’s own imagery. Often, a response to literature by the visual arts is something that moves away from the original intention of a myth or author, to take on a life of its own. This paper will examine the movement of letterpress away from its historical function and towards fine art. With particular reference to the creation of the artist’s book “Wolfgirl” (2011), the paper will look at the nature of practice-based research within the visual arts. Thus the paper will consider how the use of letterpress enables a refinement of composition that expands the intaglio illustrations, and in turn, how the intaglio prints give character to the imagined world. The paper will also examine how narrative pertaining to wild children, within the canon of myth, furthers our understanding of the evolution of culture. Looking at the notion of the marginal protagonist, it will explore notions of how children at the very margins of society inform and direct our relationship with civilization.
|Keywords:||Letterpress, Contemporary Narrative, Artist's Book, Typography, Practice-based Research|
Honours Research Student, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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