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Bonde, Ian 1992 , '[Documentation of work produced within the Master of Fine Art course]', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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My first paper, 'Franz Xaver Messerschmidt and Plumbism' has been written
primarily as a case study. I believe that it is an important example in describing the
connection between the body and the mind. Questions surrounding this relationship
have for millenia, lain prominently within the domain of human self discovery.
Attempts to quantify and qualify the connection between our bodies and our minds have
produced a plethora of theories and ideas. Some are more plausible than others.
However, none have completely and satisfactorily explained this most basic and
fundamental aspect of our selves. Just as this vexing question remains as one of the great enigmas of existence, so too is
the life and work of this eighteenth century sculptor. His curious set of busts continues
to invite speculation.
Having previously developed an interest in his work, I was fortunate enough whilst in
London, to see an exhibition of many of his busts shown in conjunction with
overdrawings by Arnulf Rainer at the I.C.A. This was a marvelous opportunity to view
the works. The true power and sense of oddity can only be felt in front of the actual
Upon the commencement of my M.F.A. course, I began with the notion of representing
the spiritual and the physical, the mind and the body. The strange sculpture of Franz
Messerschmidt seemed an appropriate avenue to investigate. I have written an account
which considers his work within the guise of the body/mind question and posits a
possible explanation.
My second paper developed as my practical work progressed. I distilled my interest in
the body/mind problem, settling into a direction concerned with the Seven Deadly Sins.
I had been curious as to the historical development of this notion and noted the interest
shown in this subject in recent times.
The work of Heironymus Bosch in the Prado museum in Madrid impressed me greatly.
His images and ideas (and those of other medieval artists such as Breugel) provided an
intriguing insight into another time and another world. It also gave me an alternative
viewpoint on the connection between the physical and the spiritual, the body and the
mind. The underlying theme behind all the written work is a questioning of human self. The
connection between the papers, the documentation, and my practical work, is the
broader investigation of the relationship between the body and the mind.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Bonde, Ian
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