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[Documentation for Master of Fine Arts course]

Brassington, P 1986 , '[Documentation for Master of Fine Arts course]', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The initial source of inspiration for my work has been by relating 'human nature' (mine in particular) to my metaphorical assumptions on the concept of opposite in natural phenomena. I value these ideas, but don't want to be precious or self-conscious about them.
I am attempting to resolve my concerns visually by -
(a) projecting my feelings onto my intimate, immediate locality and a less personal, larger surrounding landscape. In a sense I am probably creating analogies between inner and outer spaces, but I want to retain a feeling of tension within the images to reiterate different Spaces.
I should mention that my treatment of visual space is dominated by a tendency to experience space as a barrier; possessing the same properties as matter.
(b) by trying to achieve a tense, psychological interaction between self and subject, or subject and environment, or between one image and another within a pair or group of images.
Both points (a) and (b) are ultimately used to achieve similar results, but I utilise and need to rely on 'chance' in the latter to allow the outer space to arrange itself.
I will continue to pursue my concerns via the medium of photography, but I have recently renewed my interest in etching. I would like to utilise the expressive quality of the mark as it relates to my ideas.
I intend to explore — marks as an expression of inner feelings; words as personal similes to describe outer spaces; and images as an amalgamation of both.
At this stage my imagery has been controlled by these criteria, but I have been considering aspects of process and presentation as reinforcement for my ideas.
I have asked myself why is it so difficult to achieve a 'significant' statement from a single image? Why do photographers generally present work in groups, pairs, sets, etc.?
Collage interests me as an alternative method, but I feel that this process should only be applied if it can reinforce my ideas and does not interfere with the integrity of the image. I propose to explore collage as a means of presentation.
Also, as my seminar topic was derived from my major concerns, it is probable that I may want to expand and explore its visual potential. Briefly, the topic 'Art and Sport' was chosen to allow me to utilise the concept of a 'marathon runner' acting on his environment or visa versa. At this stage no concrete visual imagery has evolved, but I have been researching visual and written material dealing with movement through space.
During the course it is very probable that other aspects may emerge in my work, which I would reasonably want to follow up, recognising the speculative nature of art. However, I see a challenge in achieving the qualities outlined above; they at the very least provide a substantial point of departure.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Brassington, P
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Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 1985. Includes bibliographical references

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