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In the shadow of Van Diemen's Land: A visual investigation into phenomenological, ontological and experiential representations of places and their history


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Bird, DM (2013) In the shadow of Van Diemen's Land: A visual investigation into phenomenological, ontological and experiential representations of places and their history. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This project investigates modes of representing the experience of a
historically informed experience of place, through firsthand engagement
with the Tasmanian Central Plateau by a subjective viewer. It explores
the potential of printmaking practices of large-scale multi-plate intaglio
engraving to represent this engagement, using the culturally charged
symbolism of the endangered Miena Cider Gum trees of the Tasmanian
Central Plateau.
The project’s context lies in the expanding theoretical literature
around place, the historical record of the Tasmanian Central Plateau
and associated Indigenous/European history surrounding the Cider Gum tree, Eucalyptus gunnii, and a local and international artistic
discourse which includes the work of Mike Parr, Raymond Arnold,
Michael Schlitz, and Orit Hofshi. The theoretical discussion of the
project is woven through concepts expressed in the writings of, among
others, Peter Hay, Simon Schama, Jeff Malpas, Maria Tumarkin, Edward
Relph, Roslyn Haynes and James Boyce, along with an examination of
the historical documentation of the Cider Gum tree, particularly within
that of the journals of George Augustus Robinson.
The project concludes that the connection between people and place
is inherently interwoven, underpinned by historical knowledge, and
fundamental to cultural identity, and seeks to represent this
engagement through poetic expression of a distinctly Vandiemonian
subjectivity. This research has produced a body of artwork born out of
subjective personal experience, expressed in a contemporary printbased
installation, that makes use of the multiple and the layering
possibilities of the medium to explore through elegy, analogy, and
anthropomorphic form, notions of cultural and experiential saturation in

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: printmaking, place, history, environment
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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2013 22:13
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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