A studio based exploration of metaphors in the art of drawing in Uganda
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This study explores the relationship between drawing and metaphors through studio practice in order to raise the artistic qualities in the art of drawing in Uganda. The study was initiated out of the researcher’s experience and the established need to use metaphors as a spring board to develop concepts in drawing based on individual artist’s analysis and discussion of socio-cultural issues amongst people in order to enhance communicative power in the art of drawing. Based on this background, the following investigations through qualitative research design and methods were carried out: examining the role of metaphors in the Arts, and the factors that affect the usage of metaphors in the Arts in Uganda. This gave an insight into the historical perspective of the meaning and use of metaphors in various disciplines of art thus highlighting the status-quo of Drawing in reference to the importance and usage of metaphors. Basing on collected data from written literature, interviewed persons and the researcher’s art education experience, the study analyzed scholarly views on the importance and usage of metaphors in the Arts. In view of symbolism, Luganda proverbs were selected as metaphoric content that were characterizing interdependence which is the theme of the study. The proverbs are literally explained in English-an official language -for purpose of catering for the national composition of multi-ethnic groups -to address a socio–cultural concern thus enriching the art of drawing in Uganda. Nevertheless, Luganda is an indigenous language made up of different dialects but etymologically with a common phonetic stem of the Baganda people belonging to the different ethnic groups such as: Basese, Bannabuddu, Baluuli, Bakooki, Bavuma to mention but a few whose homeland is Buganda. Norms and beliefs guiding the socio-cultural organization and functions in Buganda have been within the ancestry and principles based on kinship lineages that form Buganda. The lineage of relationship among the ethnic groups stretches right from an individual person through Enju, Oluggya, Omutuba, Essiga, Akasolya up to the huge group making the kingdom. Proverbs as a figurative way of using words echo the instructions of guidance based on norms and beliefs. Therefore this was hence regarded by the study as custodian and mirrors of cultural language images for Buganda people. Right from experimental to final drawings, the researcher basing on his personal interpretations derived and applied metaphors derived from selected Luganda proverbs. Through studio investigational practical works, an interpretation of both the compositions of line, form and tonal impressions from observed inspirations and the materials used in view of metaphors guided the execution of the drawings for this study. The final drawings were recorded through photography and advanced into photo copies. These photo copies of the drawings with analysis, conclusions and recommendations were compiled and expressed in the fourth and fifth chapters of the guide book of the study. The study concludes that metaphors can be used as a spring board for developing concepts trough studio practice; based on artist’s analysis of socio-cultural issues. The incorporation of metaphors into drawing to develop concepts that discuss socio-cultural issues among the people can raise the communicative levels amongst the artists, artwork and viewers for the sake of the art of drawing in Uganda. Recommendations were made for further investigations on drawings that focus on concepts to address socio-cultural issues reflected through oral languages which are the custodians of metaphors among the people in Uganda. Recommendations were also made for more research on the relationship between the materials, approach, formats and the metaphors used (the role of physical metaphoric content) in a drawing.