Saturday, February 4, 2012

Questions about Steampunk asked and answered

These are a few questions I answered in an interview and I thought I would post the questions and answers to give you an idea what I believe Steampunk is and why I am so in love with it.  I know there are many ideas going on out there on the subject and would love to hear from you.

1. What is Steampunk?

Steampunk  explores the recesses of the industrial revolution to reflect on the present.  The term was coined by the author K.W. Jeter to describe a hybrid literary genre of Victorian fantasy and science fiction.  More than simply focusing on collections of clockworks ad industrial machnery with Victorian styling, Steampunk celebrates, with modern inventive twists, the advances of this 19th Century golden age.  Steampunk, with its touch of rebellion, honors the thinking man by revisiting the pioneer industrial spirit.  As our future collapses onto the past, today's Steampunk re-envisions the Victorian past by inspiring works that are refreshingly bold, steely, sturdy, functional and fun.

2. Why are (am) you (I) drawn to the Steampunk aesthetic?

I love opening things up ans seeing how they work.  Even as a child, clocks and watches were a favorite source of artistic delight as I would figure out how to disassemble a mechanism and reconstruct it into something different.  More recently, I have thoroughly enjoyed how Victorian science fiction writers describe in functional detail the kinds of futuristic machines that I would imagine as a girl.

 3.  Mainstream culture is increasingly accepting Steampunk.  Why do you think today's culture is drawn to Steampunk?

People are fascinated by the aesthetics of the Victorian era.  Also, in the age of consumerism where manufactured products are made to be thrown away so soon after purchase,  the sturdiness of the mechanisms designed to last indefinitely s a significant draw.  The possibility of up-cycling old manufactured goods intended to last may lifetimes, the creativity to re-imagine those authentic products from an earlier time in a  way that is both artistically and functionally relevant today, serve as statements for those who wear and display and utilize Steampunk.

4. Is there a particular book, film, or graphic novel that inspired you to create Steampunk art?

I have always loved science fiction.  My love of Steampunk goes back to H. G. Wells' The Time Machine and Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  In other words, several years ago, when I saw my first Steampunk works of art, I jumped on board that thick, steel ship thinking deep down that this is not a design fad, but an art form that speaks to something more solid and inventive in our modern human experience.

1 comment:

  1. Love you blogspot and those pieces are amazing!

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