“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” ~ E.A. Poe The Premature Burial, 1844
A postgraduate illustrative project & exegesis which illustratively explored tensions between humor and the macabre in relation to Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Masque of the Red Death (1815).
The project delved in the relationships between written & illustrative texts and explored how the picturebook can offer a reader the experience of a multilayred narrative that proposes diverse meanings and the consideration of metafictive devices. Within the story the protagonist acts as a medieval allegory for the all conquering and equalising power of death.
In a nutshell? One creepy picturebook of adventure.
Mediums Used: Coffee wash, ink, watercolors.
Two handbound books produced.
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