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Render me naked: the painted self and the spectator


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Chandler, C 2004 , 'Render me naked: the painted self and the spectator', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The research project investigates the representation of an
empirical model of female bodily experience as a formal
pictorial project. The aim is to present the spectator with a
personal, specific and intimate embodied subjectivity that
evokes an awareness of corporeal experience. Further, the
project investigates possible avenues for setting up
reciprocal feelings of embodiment within the viewer. It
explores this through fonns of pictorialism including scale,
point of view, pictorial space and the rendering of tactile
The project aims to present the spectator with a
representational image of a female body that defies
objectification and instead evokes the physical and emotional
presence of a person beginning to impinge upon the actual
space occupied by the viewer.
The project is concerned with formal pictorial construction
and parameters were set to enable specific methodologies to
be isolated and refined. The focus was on the body, the
pose, the space and the rendered surfaces.
The subject is autobiographical, exposed and singular. The
paint is a record of my body in the marks that it made and the
work is a point of intersection between my body and the body
of the viewer.
The pictorial space in the images was deemed to be very
shallow, and ambiguous as to its orientation. Thus the
spectator is led to resolve the ambiguities as to their spatial
orientation within the image, and locate himself or herself
physically in relation to the subject.
The outcome of the research project is a group of paintings
that present a new approach to the positioning of the
spectator in relation to a figurative painting and more
specifically in relation to the representation of female
embodiment. The paintings in the submission constitute the
outcomes of the research and form the original discourse of
the project. The exegesis chronicles the practical and
conceptual inquiries, placed in context through discussions of
historical and contemporary practice.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Chandler, C
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