After going to the Adventures in Moominland exhibition at Southbank I felt that Tove’s work connected with the way I want to work more so than I expected. Many of Tove’s images or characters are allusions and visual allegories for Tove’s personal life, whether that be a secret lover who appears as a friend/guide, or a comet that threatens the existence of moominland as a metaphor for the impending doom of WW2.

Although my main focus is upon Heironymous Bosch, Tove Jansson’s work is perhaps more in line with my visual preference, particularly tonally. I think she’ll make an interesting style to play off of Bosch.

In terms of allegory however, one example is the Groke character, which represented an amalgamation of depression and feelings of loneliness.

 

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