2D Rhyme: High Contrast Images for Humpty Dumpty


I have a rough plan for what I intend to do with the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty“. The rhyme revolves around a tragedy (“Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.“) and subsequently, a loss (“Couldn’t put Humpty together again.“). There is an element of helplessness even with powerful protectors and powerful men such as the King’s men and King’s horses. But that’s mostly a surface-level analysis.

Firstly we have to ask ourselves questions: Why was the most unstable of forms, an egg (although anthropomorphic), sitting on the wall? Why were the King’s horses and King’s men summoned to help this egg creature? What’s a “Humpty Dumpty“? What do these things represent?

In my opinion, I see it in a political light. The “Humpty Dumpty” could supposedly refer to the ignorant, foolish civilian who is prone to making lousy decisions for the state or even himself, and only has himself to blame.

Helplessness? More like purposeful lack of preparation and doing what’s only necessary . . . for oneself. The state, despite understanding the nature of the ignorant civilians, chose not to prepare for the ugly consequences that would happen someday in order to save their own strength at the moment. The act of appearing right after the tragedy has happened is merely for show (even though the King himself does not bother to present himself anyway).

Everyone is fundamentally selfish, and the rhyme acknowledges that. Rather, the moral we can take away from this is that we have to be self-accountable and fend for ourselves instead of relying on others.


I intend to retain the same lessons to take away from the nursery rhyme. There will be a nice blend of medieval imagery (to keep the nostalgia in) and use of a modern context (via iconic references). Here are some of the images I found and edited.

the_mad_high_priest_by_mowinkel-d4lav09 esa20006f6 skull_city Humptydumpty 01 Irreparable 01 Emotion 05 Emotion 03 Humpty 02 Hiroshima Humpty 01 Kingsmen 05 Irreparable 02 kingsmen 03

2D RHYME: A Rough Idea


Heard we were going to do a project on nursery rhymes, and was immediately reminded of my sister’s art piece for her AP exam. Nursery rhymes often has a diabolical aspect to it despite its moralistic intentions e.g. losing one’s thumb, or breaking one’s neck. Probably sinister in this age, but much more common in the olden days where people were less worrisome, overprotected and more outgoing. So it’s all about the context. Rather than making nursery rhymes look all hauntingly beautiful as the norm, I shall try to make it look somewhat pragmatic by providing the missing logic links (due to the generation gap). That’s not to say i would take away the charm of nursery rhymes – i will enhance it with . . . sardonic humour.