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An investigation into process and gesture drawing through ideas of presence in the landscape

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Edgar, DPF 2010 , 'An investigation into process and gesture drawing through ideas of presence in the landscape', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The aim of this research project is to create an expressive body of drawings derived from exploring personal experiences with place and landscape. The objective is to visually capture experiential and emotive dimensions of place as an alternate way of depicting landscape and understanding place.
The impetus for the project and its subject matter derives through personal experience of Tasman Island that lies approximately 1 kilometre off the southeastern coast of Tasmania. I am drawn to the island by its wild and imposing natural elements and its wildly varying weather conditions. Throughout the project four trips were made to the island and these, together with both historical and pictorial accounts of the island, form the basis of imagery.
Mark making and gesture are central to methods. Approaches to mark-making were explored through a variety of figurative forms from representational through to purely abstract. The objective was to establish drawing forms that best expressed a sense of an embodied relationship to landscape and place.
Key within these methods was the use of the scribble and rhythmic gestural drawing. Explorations within mark-making were expanded through investigation into figure and ground relations and through adoption of processes of chance. As the project developed the performative dimensions elemental to large-scale gestural drawing became increasingly important.
The project is primarily located with reference to the work of Gosia Wlodarczak, Claude Heath, Akio Makigawa and Vija Celmins as well as three 19th century drawings of Tasman Island. Works are discussed in relation to core conceptual and methodological focus of my project, specifically how each artist has employed mark-making and gesture to express a deeply personal experience of landscape and to place.
The outcomes of the project are evidenced through works comprising the submission exhibition, through backup works and supporting exegesis. These outputs contribute to the field of art practice concerned with issues of environment and place but also to broader philosophical debates about the relationship of humans, subjectivity and the natural environment. Through their forging a deeper connection to place and the natural environment the drawings provide an alternate to more conventional visualisations that give primacy to objectified representations of place.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Edgar, DPF
Keywords: Landscape drawing, Place attachment, Place (Philosophy) in art
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