I never really thought about my work fitting into a particular art movement or style, it always felt like it was its own thing (at least to me!). But someone on Twitter once asked me if I’m “Steampunk” and I didn’t know what to say to that. Obviously I didn’t think that I was, but was I steampunk without consciously knowing it?
Since then, I’ve come across a lot of work in the steampunk style, and I do enjoy it. To explain this style to you (and to understand it better myself), I went to Wikipedia for a definition:
[Steampunk] denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers …
There is a lot of brass and copper used in art that falls under this genre, as well as lots of rivets, and nuts & bolts. These elements are evident in much of my work. The difference with my work is that I don’t have the intention of it seeming to exist in an alternate history. And it definitely doesn’t run on steam (or anything else for that matter). You know I like the idea of my work being from another culture or world (sci-fi/fantasy style), but I really don’t set out to put it into such a specific pigeon hole.
But what do you think? Does my work fit into Steampunk culture? Do you see it fitting into some other style of art? What historical era do you think it resembles?
Want an example of someone who is definitely Steampunk? Check out @SkinzNHydez on Twitter. His work is a great example. (He always links to his most recent pieces from his tweets)