I was very excited to begin this project after the briefing, because I loved the look of the fanzines. I didn't know what a zine was before but I loved the beautiful illustrative and bold graphic effect they had, I initially thought that my style of work would definitely suit the zine format.
These pictures are from the Daumier & Rego exhibition, I really enjoyed it and was amazed by how similar many of them were despite the age gap, and the fact that Rego created her works, separate from Daumier's.
Although I loved the zine format, I actually found it very hard at the start of this project to think of a topic to create the zine about. The original path I went down was looking at the childhood/nursery-rhymes aspect of the exhibition. Perhaps because I had done it before and it as something that interested me, however the more I worked on it, I found my self uninspired. so I began again brainstorming ideas on my zine, by thinking about important themes in the exhibition. Then finally it came to me! the exhibition was called 'SCANDAL GOSSIP & OTHER STORIES'! I decided to explore why we are so obsessed with scandal and gossip. This exhibition shows that even since the 19th century, when Daumier was creating his work, the public has been fascinated by finding out shocking and scandalous stories. The fascination has grown immensely to this day, now we had hundreds of magazines being printed about shocking stories, particularly gossip about celebrities.
I created my zine, very much inspired by original zines. which is evident in my design, I use the newspaper cut-outs throughout. My zine was made up of 8 pages, the title page, then the below pages, one is a link to celebrity culture and our obsession with them, then the page to the right, which is made up of newspaper cut-outs showing our obsession with scandalous stories. The newspaper is also a link to Daumier, as he created his illustration for a newspaper, many of the ones shown In the exhibition were cut out of newspapers. The other 5 pages were reasons why we are obsessed with scandal and gossip, as explained by psychoanalysts. which are:
-our vicarious pleasure in the rule breaking of another
-pleasure in the punishment of the rule-breaker
-our enjoyment in seeing someone 'get away with it'
-pleasure at being asked to 'forgive'
-distractions from the tedium's of ones own life