Sligo Abbey, Ireland

The Photograph

A cup o' coffee on a snowy January morning


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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!

Thank you for visiting. I hope you will find the information insightful. ~ Dr. Jeanne Iris
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I have demonstrated or will demonstrate the application of this theory at the following locations:
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
November, 2016 @ Massachusetts Maritime Academy:
"A Terrible Beauty is Born"...The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism and William Butler Yeats' poem, Easter 1916
Dates pending: I will present the theory of iconic realism at universities and art institutes which have purchased my book.

29 June, 2017

A Patriotic Wave

I photographed this little boy, waving to the soldier at a local 4th of July parade. It illustrates iconic realism beautifully, for here you'll see a U.S. Army Jeep, ready for war, yet riding through a typical parade route, filled with families, smiles, hopes, and dreams. This brings to the awareness of the audience that no matter how peaceful a society may seem to be, as long as there is hatred in this world, there will be a need to defend against it. 

A Wave
The jeep moves slowly through the parade route
and from the rear seat, a soldier sits, armed
with a rifle and a wave.

Along the side of the road, 
with his mother by his side, a boy stands, armed
with a camera and a wave.

Across the road, a family looks on;
the father hoists a toddler onto his shoulders
armed with a blue balloon and a wave.

The jeep, painted in desert camouflage, 
ready for war in a distant land,
now travels this country route, thousands of waves away,

past a hopeful mother, a father, a child.
The jeep's flag catches a benevolent wind in its fold,
and weaving peace through its threads, it waves.

© Jeanne I. Lakatos