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Edwards, Tim James (2005) Implement : drawn. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Through the discipline of sculpture, the project explores the nature and purpose of
hand tools as a significant technological extension of humans. The exegesis firstly
establishes the utilitarian function of the hand tool in its historical context. It is then
argued that the possession and use of tools can be perceived as a form of fetishism.
The term fetishism in this context describes a certain satisfaction that arises from the
look and the handling and use of hand tools. It also refers to the gratification involved
in the process of using tools to create or realise a sculptural form.
The intent of tool use in manufacturing, domestic activities and artistic creation is to
make the 'significant object'. These processes always create a marginalised 'leftover'
or residue. The value and significance of different forms of residues as signposts or
traces of an interaction is investigated in the context of artistic practice and
interpretation, discussed in terms of the work of Long, Cragg and others. In the
context of this visual art exploration the residue has come to be seen as the
significant result of intentional action.
The outcome of this research is realised in a visual art exhibition. In these artworks
the notion and form of tool residue has gained its own distinct identity as a concept.
As in the exegesis, the visual art element of this project also interprets the historical
and fetishist constructs of the hand tool by specifically focusing on the leftover
residue from the process of manufacturing.
The residue that has influenced the form of the sculptures in this thesis is, by its very
nature, free of intentional imagery and as such contains the freedom and gesture of
the verb `to draw'. The exhibition Implement; drawn references the idea of how line
mediates space and as a consequence the residue has become important as an
informing device for moving line or a sculptural body through space.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Tools in art, Tools
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For consultation only. No loan or photocopying permitted until 14 November 2007. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2005. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 00:10
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2016 03:54
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