Andrew Humphreys’ and Olivier Kugler’s The Great Fish & Chips: Indexical pathways in illustration research

Shapiro, Carolyn ORCID logoORCID: (2024) Andrew Humphreys’ and Olivier Kugler’s The Great Fish & Chips: Indexical pathways in illustration research. Journal of Illustration, 10 (1). pp. 97-116. ISSN 2052-0204

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The graphic reportage of Andrew Humphreys and Olivier Kugler, specifically, their project The Great British Fish & Chips, is analysed in this article on three levels: first, in terms of their practices of graphic journalism; second, as a mechanism for navigating, through illustration and storytelling, difficult social and political currents about British national territory and sovereignty emergent in Brexit; and third, building upon critical theory already established in modern art history, as a matrix of the theoretical propositions offered by nineteenth-century philosopher Charles S. Peirce’s semiotic category of the ‘index’. Using ‘indexical strategies’ within illustrative practice, Humphreys and Kugler bring forth the ironic tensions within certain constructions of ‘British’ identity. Ultimately, consider The Great Fish & Chips as an exploratory site for the larger proposition that the indexical relation might be the primary mode of illustration itself.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1386/jill_00063_1
ISSN: 2052-0204
Subjects: Communication > Graphic Design
Arts > Illustration
Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Illustration
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Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2024 16:19
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2024 16:19


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