I've been trying to find an angle on Steven Universe for a while now. It's basically tailor made for my blogging, but I've never quite been able to pull an argument together. This isn't because there's not enough to work with. Rather, there's almost too much to work with! It's an expansive show with a whole lot of complexity and nuance--more so than many of the ostensibly adult-oriented shows that I've covered here previously--and tackling any one subject directly has left me overwhelmed and frustrated.
Luckily, two recent episodes, Beta and Earthlings, gave me just the angle I needed to make headway:
They gave me the chance to talk about early 20th century art.
I swear, I'm not just sort of shoehorning this into Steven Universe as a way of tricking people into learning things. Yes, I have a background in art history from this time period, but my goal here isn't to just invent some thin pretext for babbling about Dadaism. It's actually totally the opposite: I think we can understand Steven Universe better, and in particular understand what's going on thematically in these two episodes, if we understand art in our world similar to the art created by Lapis Lazuli and Peridot!
Excuse me, the "Meep-Morp" created by Lapis Lazuli and Peridot.
And the major question the show is interested in answering is essentially: "what is the use of art within the context of war and trauma?"
What better way to answer that than looking at art produced after the First and Second World Wars?
|I'm honestly considering writing an article just on this one gag image.|