A Homeric Catalogue of Shapes: The Iliad and Odyssey Seen Differently

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 14, 2019 - Art - 240 pages
In the popular imagination, Homer as author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, epitomises poetic genius. So, when scholars proposed that the Homeric epics were not the unique creation of an individual author, but instead reflected a traditional compositional system developed by generations of singer-poets, swathes of assumptions about the poems and their 'author' were swept aside and called into question. Much had to be re-evaluated through a new lens.

The creative process described by scholars for the Homeric epics shares many key attributes with the modern visual art-forms of collage and its less familiar variant: sculptural assemblage. A Homeric Catalogue of Shapes describes a series of twelve sculptures that together function as an abstract portrait of Homer: not a depiction of him as an individual, but as a compositional system. The technique by which the artworks were produced reflects the poetic method that scholars termed oral-formulaic. In both of these creative processes the artwork is constructed from pre-existing elements: such as phrases, characters, and plot-lines in the epics; and objects, fragmented items, and borrowed forms in the sculptures. The artist/author presents a largely unknown characterisation of Homeric poetics in a manner that emphasizes the extent and complexity of this Homer's artistry.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
Seeing Differently
A Homeric Object
Sculptural Assemblage and the Composite Object
Schematic representation of the spatial arrangement of A Catalogue of Shapes
Homeric Iconographies
Schematic representation of the primary interrelations between the sculptures comprising A Catalogue of Shapes
Upper and lower compositional registers in A Catalogue of Shapes 5 Preliminary drawing of TELEMACHOS ΟΦΕΛΛΩ 2011
Front view of HELENA ΑΕΘΛΟΝ 201112
Side view of HELENA ΑΕΘΛΟΝ 201112
Back view of HELENA ΑΕΘΛΟΝ 201112
Front view of KALYPSO ΚΡΥΠΤΩ 2012
Side view of KALYPSO ΚΡΥΠΤΩ 2012
Front view of ERIS ΦΑΓΟΝ 2012
Side view of ERIS ΦΑΓΟΝ 2012
Front view of KIRKE ΦΑΙΝΩ 2012

THE WARRIORS
Front view of ODYSSEUS ΜΗΤΙΣ 2010
Side view of ODYSSEUS ΜΗΤΙΣ 2010
Back view of ODYSSEUS ΜΗΤΙΣ 2010
Front view of ACHILLEUS ΜΗΝΙΣ 2011
Side view of ACHILLEUS ΜΗΝΙΣ 2011
Front view of TELEMACHOS ΟΦΕΛΛΩ 2011
Side view of TELEMACHOS ΟΦΕΛΛΩ 2011
Back view of TELEMACHOS ΟΦΕΛΛΩ 2011
Front view of HEKTOR ΕΧΩ 2011
Side view of HEKTOR ΕΧΩ 2011
Back view of HEKTOR ΕΧΩ 2011
Front view of PENELOPE ΑΡΕΤΗ 2011
Side view of PENELOPE ΑΡΕΤΗ 2011
Back view of PENELOPE ΑΡΕΤΗ 2011
Side view of KIRKE ΦΑΙΝΩ 2012
Back view of KIRKE ΦΑΙΝΩ 2012
Front view of ATE ΠΑΓΙΣ 201213
Side view of ATE ΠΑΓΙΣ 201213
Back view of ATE ΠΑΓΙΣ 201213
Front view of NESTOR ΝΟΟΣ 2013
Side view of NESTOR ΝΟΟΣ 2013
Front view of MENELAOS ΒΟΑΩ 2013
Side view of MENELAOS ΒΟΑΩ 2013
A Composite Object Portrait of an OralFormulaic
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2019)

Charlayn von Solms is a sculptor in Cape Town, South Africa. She has lectured at the Michaelis School of Fine Art of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, the Department of Fine Art of the University of the Free State, South Africa, and the Department of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa.

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