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Reconsidering the gender and scopic limits of traditional art forms : reclaiming the space of a woman's identity

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Hoare, JAP (1999) Reconsidering the gender and scopic limits of traditional art forms : reclaiming the space of a woman's identity. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The content and form of contemporary concepts of identity in Australia originate in
Australia's colonial history in which European structure of thinking and imaging were
imposed on the colony. These structures were masculine and scopic in form and hence
inhibited identities and practices, which did not conform to these structures.
The project primarily interrogates and deconstructs the masculine and scopic structures,
which give legitimacy to both colonial practice and to painting and photographic media
as the dominant visual representation of this practice. It is the theme of this project that
the deconstruction is primarily a matter of considering issues of spatiality associated with
scopic regimes. My intent has been to imagine and make a new type of space, which does
not centre the subject in dominant masculine and scopic terms.
The development of such a new type of space aims to create a new stage on which other
roles of identity can be imagined. More importantly it provides the artists with the
opportunity to re-address the scopic as the dominant vehicle of meaning, and hence
liberate the body as a more holistic and multiple sphere of identity (rather that one limited
by the one sense of visualisation). A key tactic has been to incorporate media that are
extra visual, in particular the use of textiles within an installation format The textile component of this project explores notions of traditional textile art practice.
The organic nature and lucidity of the cloth provided a surface on which the stitch acts as
a form of mark making, etching the surface of the fabric with a deconstucted symbol of
identity. Through lighting an appeal to the other senses and experiences such as touch
and movement is made. The originality of this installation is to make an artwork, which is
grounded, on a new relationship between the viewer's body and with this relationship
stage new approaches to identity.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Women textile designers, Women artists
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Copyright 1999 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (MA)--University of Tasmania, 1999. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 02:39
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 01:10
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