For a long time now, I have been very interested in iconography. It is the idea that a subject is actually symbolic of something else. This subject can be an animal in a painting, a plant used by a character in a book, a colour worn by someone in a comic and so on. My main interest in this subject started when I studied Art History at High School in New Zealand. I had Iconography for a large amount of the year and one of the periods in history we concentrated on was the Renaissance in Florence which was fascinating! As I am an illustrator by profession, I like to use my knowledge of iconography to add extra meaning to my images. Something that I discovered while researching iconography is that books, websites and other resources mainly base their databases on the analyser’s perspective: all of the lists start with the subject and everything it can be symbolic of. This of course is great if you’re wondering why there is a lamb in a painting, but if you want to create an image representing sacrifice (for example) this can make your research a bit more difficult. The fact that I haven’t found a database that is more concentrated on the creator opposed to the analyser is the reason why I have started this “Meaning to Symbol” section in my blog. So whether you are simply interested in iconography or wish to add more meaning to your imagery please take a look through my database.
This project is only just starting so the database is not very large at the moment. These are the first examples of the project I have:
- Fertility in the form of of Rabbits (Acrylic Paint)
- Fertility in the form of of Rabbits (Detail)
- Creation in the Form of the Chalice Well (Detail, Ecoline and Indian Ink)
- Fertility in the Form of Horned Gods (Ecoline and Indian Ink)
- Fertility in the Form of Horned Gods (Detail)
- Love in the Form of Roses (Detail, Ecoline and Indian Ink)
- Creation in the Form Beetles (Ecoline and Indian Ink)
- Creation in the Form Beetles (Detail)
- Royalty in the Form of Bees (Dry Needle-Point Etching and Digital Colouring)
- Royalty in the Form of Bees (Detail)
You can view the individual articles at my blog.