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Transcription: ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego, Page 49 The Sinister Shadow Theatre continued

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the Sinister Shadow theatre (Page 49 of my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’)

page 49

page 49

 

‘The German artist Katherina Fritsch’s powerful spatially dominant sculpture ‘Rattenkonig’ (Rat King) 1993 -94 is the product of a very ordinary experience which the artist had in a large city (at the back of New York Art institution).  She finds herself in front of a large rathole.  The idea was born for a ring of huge rats, geometrically linked to for a crown.

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This awakens associations with the legends and stories of a circular tangle of knotted rats tails, a seat of infection and a demonic throng.  Whereas the kind of rat found on the shelves of toy shops represents a ‘lovable cuddly copy’, the sexless 2.8 metre high creatures in the ‘Rottenkonig‘ installation resemble the immaterial simulation of computer design.  Fritsch is fascinated with the English Arts and Crafts movement and she applies the ideology of enhancing perfect industrial and perfectly crafted products in her sculptures.’

Source: Uta Grosenick ‘Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century’ Taschen 2001

an earlier work by katharina-fritsch 'man and mouse' 1991 -92

Coincidentally, I saw this exhibition at the London Tate Modern in 2001 and was immediately struck by the similarity of page 48 of The Sinister Shadow Theatre (below)

page 48

page 48

 

The rest of the transcription;

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

pages 40 -45

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My 170th Post! Transcription: Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego, Page 46 -48 The Sinister Shadow Theatre continued

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , on May 19, 2009 by echostains

I celebrate my 170th post today and still I’m not at the end of my transcription……

Continuing with my transcription on Paula Rego’s ‘Snow ‘White and her Stepmother.  I am now coming to the part where I cncentrate on the Stepmothers arms.  I call this the Sinister Shadow Theatre’

page 46

page 46

 

The scarey trees in Disney film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ terrified Rego as a child…..

page 47

page 47

 

We fill the spaces in with our own fears.  The imagination is always far more scarier than what is written….

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page 48

The sillouette of the image throws up lots of interesting possibilities…

page 49

page 49

Continued tomorrow

Pages so far;-

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

pages 40 -45

Transcription: page 38 Subversive Text

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , on May 1, 2009 by echostains

page-38 basic idea for a later work

page-38 basic idea for a later work

Continuing my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’  Page 38.  I experimented with script, filling the shapes in with printed defintions of the word ‘stepmother’ and ‘snow’ and ‘white’ etc.  I did  a large board with all the negative spaces filled in, but I havn’t been able to find an image of it.

rego-snow white swallows-poisoned apple

 

rego-snow white swallows-poisoned apple

Rego’s work is subversive and feminist and deals with fears and nightmares.  This is a super article about her.

Transcription so far;

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

Transcription: ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego pages 6 – 13

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by echostains
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 Continued from pages 1 – 6

Here there is a reversal , by squeezing and compressing the format, both figures appear squat and the composition takes on a more active and aggressive stance.  The stepmother almost looks like she is attacking Snow White.

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page-7a

 

Even in this rough outline, without any clues to what is going on within the positive shapes of the figures, the ‘jutting’ out of the stepmother’s head and the end of her scarf suggest confrontation.

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page-8

 

The tonal values of the composition are mostly mid to dark.  The lighter elements seem to be the sleeves, socks, dress and knickers of Snow White, perhaps to denote the ‘purity’ of her in contrast to her more worldly made up Stepmother, who has slightly darker skin, and dress.

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page-9

 

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page-10

 

Monotone version

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page11Experiments: exploring possibilities.....page12

 

Tonal collages

page-12 and 13

page-12 and 13

 

To be continued..