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Between the lines : the reading and re-imagination of landscape as text

Sutczak, PR (2015) Between the lines : the reading and re-imagination of landscape as text. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The project was a site-specific exploration of the Northern Midlands agricultural
property of Oakdene, which became a vehicle to investigate hybrid forms of art
practice and intersecting narratives relating to landscape. The Midland region
of Tasmania is a tapestry of private farmland and Oakdene was selected as
having representative qualities of the greater Midlands ecology. Moving
between riparian, pastoral and forest spaces across 4000 acres, the project
observed human/non-human transformation in a highly contested landscape.
Considering the agricultural landscape as text, the project sought to develop
suitable methodologies for navigating and responding to continuous change
within the boundaries of the property. Through a constant process of revisitation,
walking emerged as my primary mode of engagement, and
developed into a methodology for experiencing, mapping, recounting,
reframing, and retelling the Oakdene landscape(s). I found working across
different mediums to be the most appropriate way of negotiating the tensions
between natural ecologies and human intervention revealed over time. Through
a myriad of on and off-site studio experiments I explored means of landscape
representation using photography, sculpture, and video in response to the
fluctuating aspects of the site.
Oakdene emerged as an example of ecology under strain, containing
intersecting narratives that became central to my investigations. The outcome
is a series of speculative works generated by a confrontation with the limits of
singular approaches to making and landscape representation, arising from an
unexpectedly dynamic Midland environment.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Landscape, Midlands, text, walking.
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Copyright 2015 the Author

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