Investigating Character: journal as practice !
This time, let us explore the world of the play through fine art.
By looking at examples of visual art from the time periods of:
we gain a greater comprehension of the world surrounding our character.
Through the fine artist's work, we can see suggestions of mood, tempo, gesture,
as well as cultural influences and reflections of ideas of the times.
Pointillism was influenced by scientific breakthroughs in chemistry (color theory)
and ideologically moved away from personal perspective to scientific vantage point.
At the same time
we saw the rise of naturalism and realism in theatre.
Ibsen's "Rosmersholm" and Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"
showed in the year of 1886.
with that in mind,
go take yourself to a museum!
An online gallery, or the digital collections from the Library of Congress...
Draw, write, research, reflect on what you see.
Follow your inspiration.
Maybe it takes you to a specific painter
Maybe a particular art school captures the feelings inherent in the play you are working on.
Perhaps certain colors or brush strokes suggest how your character moves through space.
Or through art theory you discover an aspect of your character's perspective in life...
There are no wrong answers.
this etching below is by artist Kathe Kollwitz:"March of the Weavers" 1897.
while working on Woyzeck by Buchner,
i drew inspiration from her emotionally moving gestures of working class people in times of crisis.
picture this. Blondie.