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Memory and pattern : an interrogation of the privacy of consciousness through visual practice


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Connor, Amanda(Amanda Jane) 2004 , 'Memory and pattern : an interrogation of the privacy of consciousness through visual practice', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In less than three years, I have accumulated over a million
words in journal entries. The written outpourings constitute
an intensely private realm, and yet I have sought to express
the essence of the content and process of my written
records, providing it with a visual form. My work features
wooden constructions, including objects resembling letters
of the alphabet, onto which I have transcribed hand-written
fragments of text from the journal.
The central investigation of my project concerns a
dichotomy between creative expression and the privacy of
consciousness, exploring the capacity of realms of creative
expression to deal with this tension. Through artistic practice and through reference to other
work, I have been evaluating the potential of employing a
visual language, incorporating written text, to transcend the
dilemma of expressing that which lies in a highly personal
realm, but is nevertheless indicative of a craving to reach
beyond the barrier of loneliness and isolation.
The voice meanders in an incessant dialogue between
concealment and revelation that finds its visual metaphor in
the palimpsest. The creation of a haphazardly organized
alphabet demonstrates the awkwardness of language and its
limitations as a tool to penetrate beyond the surface of
perception to objective truths, while the volume of written
text expresses the relentless nature of a search for personal
truth, which is specifically focussed on understanding the dialogue between ones perception and that which one
perceives, in particular, embodiments of consciousness that
exist outside of ones own.
I have utilized moving images to enhance and magnify the
issue of subjectivity. This component was explored at a
later stage of my research, and marks a significant
development in my thinking, in which I encountered a more
optimistic understanding of the potential fluidity of
subjectivity, distinct from earlier inclinations to regard the
subjective realm as a fixed enclosure.
The work's function is to glorify the dilemma without
solving it, aiming to induce in the viewer a mesmerized
awareness of the mystery and complexity of human

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Connor, Amanda(Amanda Jane)
Keywords: Connor, Amanda (Amanda Jane)
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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