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Possible worlds: a reading of three artworks from the Creative creatures exhibition

C. Lotz
Literator | Vol 30, No 1 | a70 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v30i1.70 | © 2009 C. Lotz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2009 | Published: 25 July 2009

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C. Lotz, School for Communication Studies, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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The basic concern of this article is to offer an interpretation of artworks by a selected group of artists who contributed to the “Creative creatures” project. The original creatures created by the artist, Ian Marley, based on narration by his son, Joshua, seem at first glance to suggest an underlying theme of fantasy. However, certain interpretative artworks by artists such as those by Diane Victor, Flip Hattingh and Angus Taylor seem to display a shift from the originally perceived element of fantasy. The artworks rather each represents their own fictional worlds, far removed from the original composite creatures created by Marley who each seems to function in its own fictional world. The superimposition of the incongruous worlds suggests a measure of tension that hinges on progressive notions of archaeology, history and possible worlds.


Archaeology; Fictional Worlds; Flip Hattingh; Hybrid Spaces; Possible Worlds; Angus Taylor; Diane Victor


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