Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tim Burton: Repeated Imagery in Art
So I just finished revisiting Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands.
And my daughter and I were amazed at the visual parallels between it and Sweeney Todd.
Of course both are Tim Burton's visions, but how delightful to see repeated imagery: the barber/stylist chair, blood on the blades, an upper room with a gaping hole ringed by broken glass. This is beyond the resurfacing color palette, mood, makeup, and wardrobe which can be tracked in most of Tim's films. (And Johnny Depp. :~)
As artists we return to symbols and visuals that ring true to us. We retell our stories, but they continue to carry our voice and worldview. This is strangely comforting for both the artist and the viewer.
As a writer, I return to words such as: hugs, hands, heat, and hope. I need to think about what visuals resurface. Wise, older round ladies tend to make appearances, I know. Hmm. Anyone care to share your words or symbols or objects that reappear?