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Hamilton, DW (2011) Fragments:Beyond the object. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The project is an investigation of processes that contrive to influence how
visual objects are viewed and interpreted. I believe that all artworks are
composed of a combination of physical and conceptual fragments, with the
physical object constituting but a small yet important part of the viewer’s
perceptual experience. To me, the role of an art object is to be a specifically
crafted initiator, setting in train a process that builds a vision of a whole that is
more than the object itself.
I contend that a fragment of an artwork has a definite edge, a point where its
physical being ceases, but also marking a transition where an ambiguity
begins: there is an unseen continuation which surrounds all art objects. This is
explored through an overview of the fragment, particularly in Western
sculptural and light forms.
In a metaphoric sense, the undefined and ephemeral space beyond the object
is inhabited by elements that fall in and out of focus: it is a place where
cognition of them is always fleeting. It is these parts, not physically
represented by the object, but merely inferred as a consequence of the object,
that are the subject of investigation. The perceived space beyond the
physical object is never completely decoded and never fully confirmed, yet is
essential to the understanding of the art object.
Fragments: Beyond the Object sets out to portray this mind-projected space
surrounding the art object, what Heidegger identifies as this ‘nothingness’. I
use two-dimensional manipulated images and the play of light to suggest both
a fragment and its surrounding space. The installation tests the possibilities of
the extension of human perception, seeking to find how little is physically
needed for the mind to apprehend an object, to evolve for it an acceptable
form, so that it is imagined and understood in three dimensions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: physical and conceptual fragments,investigation of processes, art object,
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Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 01:57
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:53
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