Actiones secundum fidei
Antithesis and metaphoric conceptualization in Banksy’s graffiti art
In this article, we describe how antithesis and metaphoric conceptualization interact with each other and which rhetorical effects this interaction brings about. We illustrate this interaction with an analysis of seventeen graffiti artworks by Banksy, who uses the contraposition of visual elements that are characterized by opposite semantic and affective values. This article contributes to the expanding field of empirical studies of visual/pictorial metaphors and antitheses, in which artworks are interpreted according to conceptual dynamics and not only in relation to their thematic, semiotic and representational properties.
Keywords: antithesis, visual/pictorial metaphor, conceptual interaction, art, Banksy
Published online: 20 May 2019
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