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The golden dream : documentation and theory papers

Alty, W 1993 , 'The golden dream : documentation and theory papers', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The primary reflection is that the MFA Course is a golden opportunity to proceed in
a different direction to that which I had been following. It is realistic however that many of
the inherent concerns of the past few years will continue to assert themselves and the aim
now is to accommodate these in a more challenging format. In the initial proposal I stated
that I wanted to pursue a path that set aside values such as classical beauty. I now feel
that it would be more valid to explore what beauty is in a wider context, before attempting
to reject it. Therefore I wish to extend my interest beyond the classical simplicity of the
wheel thrown vessel to sculptural forms that are in their influences more reflective of the
coming of the machine age and our contemporary milieu. I now find the original proposal to
be restrictive in its emphasis on the primitive as a source of vitality and freedom of
expression. Furthermore, the selection of" the humorous, the fantastic, the whimsical and
the magical" is narrow and the expression available within does not contain the elements
of darker forces that I also want to allude to in my course-work. The machine is often
portrayed as the servant, one who contains the potential to be the master.
The work I envisage will reflect human relationships with the machine in many of its
permutations. Within this I also include the political machine and the use of images of the
mechanical machine as a metaphor for the machinations of the political. Also within this
structure I am interested in the placement of allusions to thought, that process by which
we determine the whole of our individual and collective consciousness, and which often
holds us overly in its embrace.
As a sub plot I want at some stage to explore the relationship between 3D form and
2D representation in effectively communicating my ideas. By this I mean that my intention
is to paint 2D works that will draw upon the images and icons of the sculptural forms I
intend to make and to within this process to perhaps develop a synthesis, or at least,
explore the possibility of some sort of mutually supportive relationship.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Alty, W
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1994

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