Do Stories Have Shapes?

"A Perfect Summer Day," 24" x 18" on canvas
“A Perfect Summer Day,” 24″ x 18″ on canvas

If you tell stories with your paintings, have you ever wondered what shape or shapes that story would include? Would it be rectangles, straight lines, triangles, circles or a combination?

Kurt Vonnegut believed “that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper.” This was actually the concept behind his master’s thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago, a thesis that was rejected. Using universal themes, he called the stories Man in a Hole, Boy Meets Girl, From Bad to Worse, Which Way Is Up, etc.

The work has been re-imagined recently by graphic designer Maya Eilam, and the following link includes Vonnegut’s explanation of the original thesis.


Author: patricia906

I am a mixed media artist using surface design and texture to explore the patterns and associations in our world.

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