1. Does "self-parodying" imply that some of Rockman's artworks are parodies of his own previous artworks?

  2. Does "puncture" imply that his self-parodying works lack the romance found in his previous works?


Rockman bring a whiff of Romanticism to science, presumably derived from his childhood pottering round museum displays with his mother at a comforting distance, but in his provocative self-parodying works he punctures this romance.

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  1. Yes. He apparently does that on purpose to create an effect (here, to be provocative).

  2. Also yes. "Puncture" evoke the idea of a punctured balloon that is "deflated," thus less voluminous. The implication is that romance would go against his goals in his provocative works, so he removes it on purpose.

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