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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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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
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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