- Dr. Jeanne Iris
- Current: Danbury, CT, United States
- Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!
April, 2016 @ University of Notre Dame:
A 'Daughter of Attila' Speaks: The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism in the Cultural Identity of Irish Celts and Magyars
14 December, 2009
04 October, 2009
Fitzer had a close call back in 2005
He made it as far as
the star-shaped puddles
there in the groundwork,
along with the genesis of life:
dollops of debris, mud and grit.
Then someone called him back.
He had more art to refine, so
he left his design on the wall.
See, he just had to make sure
he’d find his way on the return.
He’s in good company:
Kar, Palmer, IC, Ar’y.
and other obscure names
inscribed upon those walls
that humans love to build,
safeguarding their passions.
More artists, I suppose they are,
called back to finish their work
inspiring, creating, envisioning
their universe or universals
helping the rest of us find our way.
© Jeanne I. Lakatos 2009
29 September, 2009
An excellent example of iconic realism, this community event demonstrated how a creative vision in the midst of one of the world's largest cities can bring awareness of cultural reform to the attention of the world.
14 September, 2009
by Jeanne I. Lakatos
Yearning for serenity
an unsettled mind
flowing in paralysis
a paradox offering
core surge caresses
in divine rhythm
echoes from arched bones
guard this heart
in solemn surrender to stillness
filling silence with rapture
(As per TFE's Monday poetry assignment, I wrote this poem upon listening to "Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis," composed by Ralph Vaughan-Williams)
19 August, 2009
Vincent Van Gogh and Iconic Realism (Click onto title to hear Don McLean sing "Vincent" with accompanying Van Gogh paintings.)
calligraphy by Huang Xiang
painting by William Rock
The painting holds high like torchesSunflowers turning high-heaven's blazing
To burn up the magnificent painting spirit stopped by a bulletTo burn down the temple of golden yellow
Opaque color -dabs like clots of
Gush fiery tears
Struggling lines feverishly erupt, twitching like raw nerves
The back view of a giant
28 July, 2009
Richard Wagner and Iconic Realism (Click title to see and hear musical rendition of Flight of the Valkyries)
"An example of iconic realism in a musical composition utilizing instrumentation is Wagner’s mythical composition, The Ring of the Nibelungs. In this piece, Wagner represents various aspects of society through instrumental characterizations. As Tarasti affirms, 'the gods appear in the Ring not only as personifications of the elements of nature, for example, Loge as the god of fire, Donner the god of thunder etc, but also as a society, whose leader is Wotan.'  His use of contrasting instrumentation throughout his opus reveals an intense desire to illustrate corruption within his society. Many filmmakers choose to accompany the drama of their themes utilizing the nineteenth century Wagner music. An example of such intense films is Apocalypse Now, which illustrates the corruption associated with the Vietnam War" (Lakatos 78)
1. Tarasti, Eero. Myth and Music: A Semiotic Apporach to the Aesthetics of Myth in Music, especially that of Wagner, Sibelius and Stravinsky.(Paris: Mouton, 1979) 177.
22 July, 2009
12 July, 2009
04 July, 2009
19 May, 2009
The current film, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, directed by Ron Howard, is an excellent illustration of iconic realism. Here, the author places a representative of the powerful Catholic Church, based on faith, in a scientific environment. The result of this juxtaposition is the audience's illumination of cultural belief systems.
24 March, 2009
Ode to Skunk Cabbage
by Jeanne I. Lakatos
Bursting forth from its ruddy milieu
a flower erects from its hooded spathe.
This courageous prophet boldly
faces the frigid air with confidence,
radiating silently, as if to say,
“Come to me, for I offer
nourishment you need now.”
Sweet attraction allures, and she comes:
the beetle, the spider, the queen bee,
warmed by the generosity
of Spring’s first flower.
Odoriferous, proud, protective,
he inspires other fragrant flora
to engender beauty.
Now, Spring has arrived
with the burgeoning
of the exceptional Skunk Cabbage.
18 March, 2009
March 19 is St. Joseph's Day....I know, in some circles, this might be known as the reprieve following St. Patrick's Day. Now, what could be more iconic than a table laden with Italian delicacies? The way in which this becomes iconic realism is the setting (time) of this tradition, Lent, a time normally set aside for fasting. However, at a St. Joseph's Table, there is an abundance of wonderful food, in honor of the patron saint of families. The cultural aspect which becomes magnified by this juxtaposition of excessive edibles during a period of fasting would be the focus on familial bonds, friendship, love. If you have never experienced a St. Joseph's Table, I highly recommend it. The aroma alone will revive your senses, providing a true contemplation of life's adventure.
01 March, 2009
22 February, 2009
18 February, 2009
14 February, 2009
02 February, 2009
31 January, 2009
24 January, 2009
20 January, 2009
Always check your mail! Today, I happened to check my mailbox at the university, and sitting there on top of the mailbox shelf was a package addressed to me. In this package (YES!) were five copies of my book! I'm still not satisfied with the photo of me on the back cover, but oh well...The book is written; the theory is out there, and there ya go! Any questions about the cover photo? It's pretty cool, huh?
19 January, 2009
13 January, 2009
11 January, 2009
by Jeanne I. Lakatos (aka 'Siobhan an Hun')
Realism comprises authentic and independent aspects of the natural world, which individuals comprehend through sensory perception. The term icon describes a realistic person or realistic object, categorically perceived by a population as representative of a specific human activity or an object that bears significance to human activity. Iconic realism, then, involves the placement of an icon within the midst of a unique realistic setting, out of place for this particular icon, creating a static coalescence of the icon with the designated realism. Since both the icon and the realistic setting represent an aspect of the culture, the resulting friction between these two entities is the catalyst that generates enlightenment of a cultural dilemma.
An example of iconic realism would be an artist’s placement of Jesus the Christ or a representation of this icon of Western philosophy, in the midst of the Iraq War, 2009, an aspect of the real world. This individual in this setting would generate enlightenment of the cultural dilemma, stirring a new consciousness of political and philosophical intentions of United States’ Judeo-Christian philosophy and the activity within the designated, realistic Middle East during this particular time in history and locale.