In my PhD research, I explored the bounds of comics’ structural reading conventions, such as panel borders, visual rhythm and braiding (where meaning is created through repetition). By dislocating comics from two-dimensional space and integrating them into sculptural artifacts, I could examine how these structures operated at the limits of their legibility.
The following pages present two lantern sets that I present as comics. Each set, one consisting of four lanterns, another as two, contains a narrative, although the reader must assemble the elements herself and use her own subjective experiences to bridge the gaps within the stories. I have provided details from certain lanterns to give a sense of the layers of visual information encountered in each object.
‘Whose Woods These Are’ lantern comic set
‘Whose Woods These Are’ details:
Details of lantern in situ:
‘Find my way home’ details: