Create a new version of A Rake’s Progress, comprising of 8 images that tell Hogarth’s same story but in a new way. Bearing the following narrative elements in mind: Costume, Body Language, Setting, Composition, Character Design, Drama, Use of Colour, Satire, Props and the Depiction of Time.
I began by re-reading Paradise Lost, Book 1 and noting the similarities between the two pieces, for example the opportunity for a good life, the path to ruin, the second chance and the continuation to demise but importantly, not death, as that is arguably a more favourable end in these situations. I noted the analogies and cinematic imagery used by Milton and focussed on researching the further meanings and any related visual representations. From this I began to build a log of symbolic images from many cultures and era that would allow me to convey the story in as great a depth as possible. I also discovered a semiotic square for life and death (Taken from ‘The Dictionary of Semiotics’ by Bronwyn Martin and Feliz), that I utilised to layout the images to further display the story and provide consistency to the eight pieces. I amalgamated symbols to form four crest-like visuals for each corner of the grid to frame each image with life, death, non-life and non-death. I then planned out the layout of each drawing according to the grid.