Drop Dead Legs

Thomas Leclaire

When presented with this project I was unsure of what I wanted to do but I knew that I wanted to do something other than writing. When reading the novel I was struck by several scenes that I felt I might be able to recreated or represent in another medium. I chose to work with a scene that was very striking for me. This scene was near the beginning of the novel (18). This scene is where Anna has her first date with Mr. Jefferies.

            Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys is, in my opinion, encapsulated by a single scene. The scene that I am referring to is that where Anna first descends into the world of escorts. Anna enters a room with a hard backed couch, a curvy legged chair with red cushions, red curtains. There is a clock sitting on a table, also present is a vase of red plastic flower. The only colors present seem to be red and black. I will be making a drawing done in graphite, red and black ink. The drawing will contrast the red and blacks/greys. There will not be any people in the drawing, it will show the underworld that Anna becomes caught up in. It will follow the same themes as the novel in terms of male domination and the symbolic clocks, the repression of women and with it the repression of Anna and her past that comes from the West Indies. The image in my mind is dark and twisted with hard straight lines contrasted with several seemingly out of place curves. This will be reflected in the colors as well, black dominating and red appearing in small amounts to give definition to the piece. It will have many geometric forms that will represent the laws, the society, the helplessness of Anna.

The scene reflects the mood presented in the whole novel and presents all of the major symbol that appear repeatedly throughout the novel. By art piece (drawing represents all the symbols while trying to encapsulate the dark and ominous tone that the reader is faced with. My art piece had been an imagine in my mind that I thought of while originally read the novel. I ended up doing several sketch to get the right proportioning on paper and then continued by adding colors. This allowed me to first solidify my idea and then start blending colors.

I feel as though my art piece encapsulates the themes I was trying to present, personally I look at and feel as though certain elements are slightly too big or too small, but I am limited by my artistic talent. In general I am happy with the outcome. I was able to incorporate the symbols such as the clocks, along with the curvy furniture being compared with larger, squarer furniture and presenting the colors in a contrasting way.


One thought on “Drop Dead Legs

  1. Terrific drawing. I like you put so much thought into the masculine/feminine qualities of the furniture. This is such a striking aspect of Anna’s perception. Cool to have made a connection between the angles of the furniture and the rigidity of society. I also like the people-less space. Spaces are so meaningful for Anna in this novel, that it seems appropriate to focus on an empty space. With the wind blowing through the curtain and the grandfather clock, it has an almost haunting feeling to it. Your text above neatly encapsulates a lot of the meaning in this scene. A highly successful interpretation of this scene!


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