Friday, July 18, 2008
rococco or baroque????
(hideous rococco pot and a book cover by Edward Gorey)
Working on a theory here, and stay with me.
In our 1924 Oxford pocket sized dictionary we learn about these design/style terms:
Rococco: with much conventional decoration, tastelessly florid
Baroque: grotesque, whimsical
Hoo hoo, there's an expression for you! 'tastelessly florid'!!!!!!!
OK, I am thinking my style is becoming, let us say, 'modern rococco' because I think it sounds good, although I may sometimes say 'modern baroque'. If you look at the Edward Gorey illustration, you get the idea that adding cute cats and doodads and all the rest was a joke on antiquated styles: overdecorate it and make it fun! So, if we look at the top pic, a real rococco style vase, or thing, you see all the little added bits and it sure is ridiculous, but what if, as Edward Gorey did, and I do now, you added a dancing pig or pigs to a teapot, or a zebra on a sugar bowl, etc, all in the name of fun and good humor? Modern rococco.