‘Analysis of the Written Word’
Beginning second year with a quote;
“It is true that I was born in the West Country and grew up on the Welsh border and while I have Scottish blood on my mother’s side, I also have English, French and Flemish ancestry. However, when people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste.” – J.K. Rowling, 2014
J.K. Rowling (whose name is Joanne by the way?!) wrote this on her blog during the Scottish Independence Referendum which she was, no doubt, against. In the sense that ‘purity of lineage’ is near enough impossible, the word purity sparks controversy in itself. To be pure is to be ‘Not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material.’ apparently. The next quote is what she said before the one above;
“I also know that there is a fringe of nationalists who like to demonise anyone who is not blindly and unquestionably pro-independence and I suspect, notwithstanding the fact that I’ve lived in Scotland for twenty-one years and plan to remain here for the rest of my life, that they might judge me ‘insufficiently Scottish’ to have a valid view.”
This makes me think of my own blood lineage, being half Greek Cypriot and half English this means that I am not, and could never be, pure. This is due to the fact that my bloodline has been ‘adulterated’ with Cypriot/English blood, thus making my blood ‘poorer in quality’.
I disagree. BLOOD IS BLOOD
In terms of nationalists deeming this an appropriate reason to discriminate against those who are of a mixed heritage (when they are probably of a mixed heritage themselves), I started thinking about how this impacts on communities and the isolation and alienation which is caused as a result.
I tried to visualise how everyone in nationalist groups believes they are all the same, like robots or products being made in a factory, somehow coming up with diagram-like imagery, all grey and graphs.
layers – DNA consists of layers, both parents whether they share the same heritage or not contribute to this. I really like the above image, the shape and form combined with the landscape scenery almost makes it seem real though you know it’s not.
left out / unbelonging – and how do I show what this main entity is being left out/excluded from?
As above, there are circles with a glow of colour around them, and then across the path is a circle filled with colour. The difference between the two entities could literally be something this small.
I am beginning to think about how I can represent this being that feels alienated and whether it will be formal or figurative or a mixture of both, whilst still incorporating the landscape and different textures/jagged lines.