IMAGERY AS A PLAY ON WORDS
An art cartoon is a play on visual perception in the same way as an idiom or conundrum is a play on words. A play on words evokes images, an art cartoon puts the image there in an evocative way that tantalizes the imagination. All aesthetic expressions can be conveyed in an art cartoon.
Thus an art cartoon is an idea or story, expressed in very direct and often primitive imagery. The imagery can be stylized and fanciful, etc. but it is always evocative and can be provoking.
The word cartoon originated in the late 17th Century in Italy: It meant a stout or stiff pasteboard type of paper used by artists to make preliminary or developmental drawings. It soon came to mean the drawing itself, and the medium took on a life of it’s own.
The source word is “Carta” meaning “Paper” and the Italian word “Cartone” is the source of our word “Cartoon”.
The term Krazi Kartoon was invented by Hurricane Nancy (Nancy Burton) to distinguish her art as a genre from all other forms that use the cartoon concept.