Invisible Emotion: Helena Matheson

The Golden Legend

I was very interested by the Golden Legend from the 1400s and its use of line quality, as it was quite different from most modern art. The image I chose was a depiction of Saint Stephen being persecuted against by wealthy and important looking people in the first half, and in the second half  being stoned to death by middle class looking men. If you don’t look closely, you are unable to see the detail on the image, especially in each of the men’s faces. The man who looks to be sitting on a throne has his hand up toward Saint Stephen. When you look into his face, it is one that could be pleading for Stephen to discontinue his worship. The lines around his eyes thin and tired, and the lines around his hand seem limp. Stephen, however, looks confident in himself, and keeps his arms crossed across his body. His eyes look defiant, and are used with a thicker line. Without a closer look into this image, many details are overlooked.

Atom Bomb by Brian Moriarty

I found a really good example of interdependent images in the Atom Bomb by Brian Moriarty. There is a set of three images that would not make sense unless the words were placed in the third square. In the first square, there is what looks to be a giant ball of light, maybe a blast of fire. In the second square, you can see what looks to be an atomic explosion, as it has that familiar mushroom-like shape to it. In the third square, there are four men all looking very excited and triumphant, two of them shaking hands. All alone, these wouldn’t make much sense together. But above the men inside the third square, there is a speech bubble that says “the war is over”. I wasn’t able to read much of the book, but I know that US forces dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th (coincidentally my birthday), ending WWII. I am pretty sure that is what these images portray, and it is done through an additive approach.

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