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A radical act of remembering


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Kunda, M 1996 , 'A radical act of remembering', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Anatomy is a self depiction, a series of body
images in the manner of self portraits, created without
recourse to a mirror image. The work comprises largescale
coloured etchings, which are assemblages of body
prints and collaged 'found' anatomical drawings. The
symbolism refers to the pre-Oedipal relation. This
issue is met in Julia Kristeva's discussion of the semiotic
chora, Luce Irigaray's discussion of Merleau-Ponty's
analysis of vision, and other sources that I have
referred to which reconsider the Lacanian narrative in
Much of the debate about women's place in the
symbolic realm has been conducted at the level of
language. Anatomy contributes a visual parallel: a
move to subvert the symbolic centrality of the female
body as a passive plane or surface upon which
meanings are projected, and to reconfigure a body
image which acts as an active signifying entity.
The pictorial solution that I arrived at utilises
back-lighting to activate the body images, adding a
visceral, immediate, and deliberately auratic element to
the etched images. The illumination notionally returns
the viewer's gaze and creates an intimacy - something
like a caress - which alludes to the pre-Oedipal
maternal gaze.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Kunda, M
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

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