Morgan Viger BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016
It's All Greek to Me
The Parthenon frieze is one of the most famous ancient works in the Western canon, but due to the unforgiving corrosion of history its intended glory has been lost. The goal for this project was to reconstruct parts of five different parts of the Parthenon frieze, and attempt to restore them to their former glory. This was achieved through a combination of digital and analogue mediums including: pencil, Photoshop, and some paint.
Through the reconstruction of the frieze we are not only gleaming a window into the past, but also revealing potential holes in current research and discourse. The exclusion of the artist from the topic of the Parthenon as well as other ancient cultures and their works, starts to limit the scope of one’s understanding of a project that was intended in some way or another to be art. The reconstructions act as a way to reinsert the artist into the conversation, and open up new ways consume art.
The goal for this project was for it to exist in both the academic and public spheres. Along with being as accurate as possible in the reconstructions the pieces these images will also hopefully help give historians a better understanding of the Parthenon frieze. By adding blurbs around the images in a simulation of what would most likely be a museum setting, the general public will be able to better engage and enjoy the pieces. Not everyone loves history, or has the same level of access to information about the Parthenon that others due, these blurbs help contextualize the images and give the viewer some insight into the history and process of making the reconstructions.