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Kunda, M (1996) A radical act of remembering. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Anatomy is a self depiction, a series of body
images in the manner of self portraits, created without
recourse to a mirror image. The work comprises largescale
coloured etchings, which are assemblages of body
prints and collaged 'found' anatomical drawings. The
symbolism refers to the pre-Oedipal relation. This
issue is met in Julia Kristeva's discussion of the semiotic
chora, Luce Irigaray's discussion of Merleau-Ponty's
analysis of vision, and other sources that I have
referred to which reconsider the Lacanian narrative in
psychoanalysis.
Much of the debate about women's place in the
symbolic realm has been conducted at the level of
language. Anatomy contributes a visual parallel: a
move to subvert the symbolic centrality of the female
body as a passive plane or surface upon which
meanings are projected, and to reconfigure a body
image which acts as an active signifying entity.
The pictorial solution that I arrived at utilises
back-lighting to activate the body images, adding a
visceral, immediate, and deliberately auratic element to
the etched images. The illumination notionally returns
the viewer's gaze and creates an intimacy - something
like a caress - which alludes to the pre-Oedipal
maternal gaze.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 02:38
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