幻。畫：繪本的奇藝世界 ImageNation: The Wonderland of Picture Books
名稱 幻。畫：繪本的奇藝世界 ImageNation: The Wonderland of Picture Books
時間 2022/02/24 18:10 ~ 2022/04/24 18:11
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好的繪本作品不但是沒有國界，更是沒有年齡限制的。英國作家與兒童文學插畫家約翰．伯寧罕（John Burningham, 1936-2019）就認為：「在這大人小孩閱讀界線漸次消失的時代，繪本的讀者已無年齡的限制。」在挪威，繪本被視為適合所有年齡層。日本報導文學作家柳田邦男（1936- ）在〈與生命共鳴的繪本〉一文中曾寫到︰「大人更應該看繪本！」
A good picture book can reach beyond national borders for readers of all ages. According to John Burningham (1936-2019), a British author and illustrator of children's books, “reading” shows less and less difference between adults and children in today’s world, while picture books are no longer limited to readers of certain ages. Picture books in Norway are created for all ages, and Kunio Yanagida, the Japanese literary journalist, has said in his Picture Book Resonating with Life（いのちと共鳴する絵本）that “picture books are more for adults!”
The picture book, as its name suggests, is characterized with illustration that accompanies with the text. Since long time ago, it has been considered a mixed art form. The previous studies of picture books mostly focused either on their educational purpose or was discussed in the aspect of children’s literature, as they often ignored how picture books as a medium connected with the world. When we look at the development of the picture book throughout the passage of time, the illustration at the turn of the Twentieth century generally functioned to “revisualize or supplement what the text literally suggests” as a support for readers’ interpretation and understanding. These pioneering examples of “picture book” or “illustration book” include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Hamlet, both published in the end of the 19th century or early 20th century, where the illustrations are not necessarily threaded as storytelling sequences. However, the illustration-text relationship in the practice of picture books has been reversed nowadays while illustration becomes the main body with text as its supplement, suggesting that visual graphics in modern communication has now been considered an indispensable medium.
The picture book is a form of true art. It is not merely to facilitate the process of reading for children or even adults but has its implicit influence that has subconsciously changed how visual graphics is perceived and appreciated as well as its interaction with the world. The rising prosperity of the picture book market in recent years has attracted more and more artists into the profession while numerous award-winning works have also been introduced to Taiwan. The exhibition ImageNation: The Wonderland of Picture Books consists of three subtopics, bringing us from Golden Age of Illustration, Reincarnation of Picture Books, to Strolling down the Wonderland of Chinese Picture Books. Featuring various examples which contextualize the transition of its practice, it offers an insightful view on how the picture book is formed and developed as well as its impact on the graphic culture and illustration industry in Taiwan.