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Cockburn, Eleanor Tracey 2005 , 'Building from fragments : reconstructing a site through print', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Fragments of crockery recovered from the site of a property I built in
Hobart form the basis of this research project. The works contained within
the body of research are derived from the patterns on these fragments as
well as the patterns that are created by the process of collage. By repetition
and enlargement, and the creation of entirely new forms, the patterns
become the vehicle used to convey a range of ideas. Production of the
multiple, made possible through the use of a range of traditional and new
printmaking processes, allowed development of non-traditional large scale
print based works which make reference to the various aspects of the site
(the interior or domestic space, the broader landscape, the intimate garden)
and ideas of archaeology, collection and cataloguing.
Several areas of investigation comprise the major body of the research, and
these are related by the central theme of the lost and recovered object. These
ideas are examined under a number of headings, including the Object, the
Overlooked, Archaeology, and the Ruin, while considering attitudes to
history and the role fiction plays in our concept of what constitutes history.
In considering notions of the lost and recovered object, the work of
photographers Anne Ferran and JJ Friola is examined. The highly
decorative nature of the works and the use of found remnants of pattern is
related to the work of Philip Taaffe and Elizabeth Gower, and references to
the domestic, and craft based `womens work' are related to artists such as
Miriam Schapiro and Elizabeth Gower. The ubiquitous nature of the fragments recovered and the fact they have no
intrinsic value is of prime importance. They represent the everyday or
overlooked lives of those who may have inhabited this space. Much has
been written about the power of the object to conjure memories, to stand as
a witness to past events, to bring to the present histories, and to imply ways
of life. By re-interpretation and re-presentation of the fragments I wish to
elevate them to a higher value and bring them absolutely to our attention
and in doing so offer a suggestion of the importance of the everyday in our
concept of history.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Cockburn, Eleanor Tracey
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2005. Includes bibliographical references

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