Demons, Repitition and movement - Chase Morgan

The subject matter of this collection consists of demons depicted through different religions. While the styles, mediums, regions and time periods vary, the collection pieces all have one thing in common. Each piece features strong movement created through repetition of elements, motifs and figures. In this way, even though many of the pieces are very different, they are also closely similar. 

This painting depicts the Abbot Saint Anthony and several small demons who are described in the title as “tormenting” him. Through the repetition of the small demon figures, movement is created. Also the folds in his robes add movement to the piece and creates a circular motion in which the viewer’s eye moves from the face, to the folds in the robes, to the demons climbing up Saint Anthony’s back, coming full circle to his face again.
This piece stays consistent to the theme of demons, depicting many grotesque figures erupting from a box. A strong sense of movement is created through the dramatic poses and expressions in the figures faces, but also the harmonious repetition of lines throughout the composition. The lines are repeated in the same rhythmical style in the flesh and robes of the figures.
Much like the style of the last piece, “Night Parade of a Hundred Demons” draws movement from the repetition of lines that flow with similar style. This piece however, also features heavy use of repetition in the figures that while are each unique, flow across the composition creating movement in a wave like rise and fall.
While the subject of this piece is abstracted, it follows the subject of the collection when examined closer, and black wings, robe and facial features can be seen. This piece uses repetition in the lines in the mountains and in the robe to create movement.
Repetition is used to create movement in many different ways in this piece. Most apparent is the repeating angel figures on the right side of the composition. This is contrasted by the repeating of the twisting and entertained forms of serpents and demons on the left side. Additionally, the interaction and contrast between the two causes movement as well, resulting in the eye moving rapidly back and forth until coming to a rest on the focal figure in the center.
This sculpture depicts an anguished, and distressed looking face of the "Demon Star" stated in the title. The figure's robe resembles that of a tree trunk creating an interesting juxtaposition. Repetition is used in the repeating of the lines and folds in the texture of the tree trunk. This creates movement, carrying the viewer's eye up and down the sculpture.
This statue depicts the Goddess Kali, slaying a demon that she is standing over. Repetition creates movement through the more than 16 arms that are repeated throughout the composition. Repetition used in such a busy way gives a frantic and chaotic sense of movement in the scene.
This scene depicts three figures and a ghost on the far right side. The background features a large "cat demon" looming eerily behind the figures. Repetition of the similar figures creates movement in this piece, as well as the patterns on both of the far sides of the background.
This piece depicts an exaggerated, cluttered and chaotic battle in which a demon is killed. Among the chaos in the core of this composition, repetition brings order to the work. The repetition of characters frames the scene and grounds it, bringing the piece together as a whole and providing a foundation for the movement in the center of the composition.
The repetition of the demons arms and claws all simultaneously pulling the central figure creates a dense tension in the work. This tension releases outwards into the demon's bodies and causes the movement and flow of the piece to dramatically spiral outwards. it is through repetition of the demons limbs and bodies this effect of tense movement is achieved.
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