Antoni Cadafalch

 15/3/12 Skull Face

Skull face is an illustrative book, which features various artists and designers who examine the skull through numerous contexts or formats. Antoni Cadafalch examines how the skull has become such a popular and recognisable ’emblem’ and why death is interpreted as a frightening subject within the Western culture.

Cadafalch also refers to Renaissance art, such as the Vanitas paintings, Catholicism, Day of the Dead in Mexico and the Jolly Roger, which have all impacted the representation of the skull within the contemporary culture.

This particular area of research is quite broad and the objective is to focus upon two subjects in detail in order to narrow the topic or my argument. I recognised this particular book in the Outre Gallery and I was also captivated by the front cover.

The skull which is composed with a floral headband and strands of hair is similar to the Ting Tings album. The album also features skeletal figures with hair and other commercial products, which also reminds me of this book cover.

Cadafalch, Antoni. Skull Face.  London: Koreno Books, 2011

The Day of the Dead: El Dia De Los Muertos

In comparison to Skull Face, Antoni Cadafalch’s The Day of the Dead: El Dia De Los Muertos, investigates Mexico’s perspective of the skull, which is considered as a lively and amusing subject that connects the living with the deceased.

Antoni Cadafalch’s The Day of the Dead: El Dia De Los Muertos investigates Mexico’s perspective of the skull, which is considered as a lively and amusing subject that connects the living with the deceased.

Cadafalch’s argument may also question why the Western culture continually mass-produces the image of the skull when the subject is considered as a fearful or discomforting representation. I also recognised the book opposite skull face in the Outre Gallery and the cover also initiated attention. It was interesting to recognise a dark, gothic book cover right next to a bright, vibrant and dynamic cover.

Cadafalch, Antoni. The Day of the Dead: El Dia De Los Muertos.  London: Koreno Books, 2011


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