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[Documentation for Master of Fine Art Degree]

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Berg, Christl (1992) [Documentation for Master of Fine Art Degree]. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

PROPOSAL FOR MFA COURSE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
During the Masters course I would like to investigate deeper into the cyclic nature of
existence. I intend to use flowers, fruit and seed to pursue this theme. One part of the work
would continue with close-up photography, closer than my present work of surfaces of
bodies. The motivation behind this kind of looking is a fascination with the richness of
form and surface as well as an attempt to penetrate, to understand what lies behind these
surfaces. Included in these images would be aspects of decay, of transition from one stage
of existence to the next.
In another part of the work I would like to deal with stillife and the symbolism of fruit
flower and seed in this context. I can imagine some rather exciting theoretical investigation
along with the visual work.
I would like the overall mode of the work to be a celebration of life - and death, since
death is an integral part of life.
TRACING THE IRRATIONAL
My work is motivated by an interest in elemental forms and forces of life, the 'stuff
of existence' which, as I perceive it, throbs persistently and relentlessly everywhere
and anywhere on this globe, even in heavily poisoned areas where, still persisting,
mutants and rather grotesque new variations occur.
PHOTOGRAPHY, THE PARADOX AND THE IRRATIONAL
This paper is structured around the question as to how photography can deal with,
explore and make visible the irrational. I will start with an explanation as to why I think
I have chosen photography as my medium of operation. This will lead to an examination
of the propensities of photography which particularly interest me. I will then investigate
the relationship between surrealism and photography, since the surrealists were also
concerned with the irrational, and close with what I, at this stage, consider to be the
position of my own current work within this context.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1992. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:47
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