With an animalistic focus, this project uses onomatopoeia to underline the limitations faced when demonstrating the emotions of animals in graphic narratives. It’s common to see a wide range of sounds linked to the perceptions and emotions of human characters, while non-humans have few representations. Namely, a cow makes a “moo” sound, both in situations of pleasure and pain, while the onomatopoeic representations between these two emotions for human characters are endless. We could say, therefore, that the use of onomatopoeia in graphic narratives is often speciesist, in that it drastically reduces the expressive richness of animals throughout the text.
Februaru 26th – March 4th