Decriminalising Ornament: The Pleasures of Pattern: The Sympathy of Illustration

Hoogslag, Nanette (2019) Decriminalising Ornament: The Pleasures of Pattern: The Sympathy of Illustration. Journal of Illustration, 6 (1). pp. 9-32. ISSN 2052-0204

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This article reflects on the research exhibition Decriminalising Ornament: The Pleasures of Pattern held in the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge in November 2018 in conjunction with the International Illustration Research Conference of the same name. It considers the role of ornament and decoration in the exhibited works and through this the essential presence of the decorative within illustration. Key is Lars Spuybroek’s concept of sympathy, which he develops based on a premodern understanding of ornamentation. In response to Spuybroek’s exploration of this concept, this article seeks to extend the notion of sympathy as an essential presence within illustration. Sympathy indicates a human-material relationship not just between the illustrator and the creative materials, but also in the readers connection with this decorative act in the reproduced illustration. In illustration sympathy describes the active force used to humanise the information, the ideas

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: illustration, ornamentation, pattern, decorative, human–material relationship, design
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:54

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