Teacup Ballet: A Formal Analysis

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The image depicts six tea cups and saucers bought from a local Woolworths store to use for her Studio Coffee breaks to replace older. The teacups and saucers are lit to form shadows that suggest the form of ballet dancers. The angular handles suggest the arms are akimbo (hands are on the hips and elbows are bowed outwards) which lead to the idea of ballerinas dancing. The strong backlighting creates dramatic tonal contrasts and shadows. The main focus of ‘Teacup Ballet’ is the arrangement of the 6 teacups and saucers on the table, which are illuminated by a lit backdrop. Both the cups and saucers and their elongated shadows are the main focal point. The crisp clean lines and the accentuated strong tonal contrast creates abstract imagery.
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