Research and collection for V&A project

After I decided to focus on “shadows”, which is inspired by Paul Brown’s “Sculpture Simulation”, I have collected some artistic works that are also related to shadows.

  1. hands shadow puppets

Shadowgraphy or ombromanie is the art of performing a story or show using images made by hand shadows. It can be called “cinema in silhouette”. Performers are titled as a shadowgraphist or shadowgrapher.

  1. Shadow play\ Shadow puppetry

Shadowplay, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod, and laugh.

According to these examples, the shadow can be well used in the narrative. The performers create the desired shadow image through hands or objects and lighting. So I begin to think whether I can express my daily life of real feeling through shadows. I mean, normally, people are used to hiding their true thoughts or feelings to others. And shadow really doesn’t exist at all. It’s can’t be owned, can’t be captured, has no physical form or shape. So maybe I can express people’s inner thoughts through an exaggerated way of shadow.


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