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Greenwood, R 1997 , 'Digital landscapes as metaphorical spaces', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This project investigated the ways in which new technologies impact on
our relationship to the landscape, and the metaphorical possibilities of
boundary zones in the landscape; those found between the city and the
wilderness. These zones encompass a convergence of different realms of
experience; landscapes we inhabit, landscape we have passed through to
get here, and the changes we have imposed in the process.
In the postmodern world, modern technologies of travel and
communication have shrunk the globe and population movement has
increased dramatically. In defining self-identity, notions of place are no
longer necessarily a dominant factor. This is the broad context of this
research project, addressed in terms of my personal experience of
migration and through theoretical and historical comparisons.
Issues related to migration are epitomised by the experience of John
Glover, and how his experience is reflected by his paintings. As an artist
originating from England and dealing with pastoral themes I compare my
response to his. I contextualise my images with those of contemporary
Australian artists whose work addresses shifting boundaries and multiple
perspectives in landscape, or whose work involves new technologies.
Artists who use a horizontal or panoramic format to convey specific
readings of landscape have been of particular importance and inspiration
in the development of my images.
The major body of images consists of fourteen large-scale computer inkjet
prints, on translucent and transparent polyester paper and white
glossy paper. They are based on local landscapes: 'natural' bush, urban
reserves, farmland and parks. The artworks are derived from video.
Colour, scale and form have been digitally altered. The artworks can be
layered and illuminated in the gallery to manipulate the viewer's
perspective and promote a sense of movement through rhythm and
The artworks are intended to challenge traditionally fixed views of
landscape, through the use of digital manipulation, to create generic and
symbolic landscape images. The artworks emphasise transitory
perspectives that characterise contemporary experience.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Greenwood, R
Keywords: Landscapes in art
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1998. Includes bibliographical references

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