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Metamorphosis of the layered motifs : self-portraiture and the metamorphosis of the pattern/grid in printmaking


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Ky, Marine 2000 , 'Metamorphosis of the layered motifs : self-portraiture and the metamorphosis of the pattern/grid in printmaking', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Through the medium of etching, "The Metamorphosis of
the Layered Motifs" investigates the use of Chinese
calligraphy and second-hand fabrics as indexed motifs to
convey personal memories and states of mind. The
transposed motifs bring together heterogeneous cultural
fragments into what Mallarme describes as "modern
ideograms". By "modern ideograms", Mallanne refers to
poetic signs that transcend their hieroglyphic form.
The prints, which have been created as a result of this,
translate into images of my memory of growing up between
two cultures — the Chinese and the French.
The prints are composed of collages of texts and stitched
garments and document many of the characteristics of my
"hybrid" and "exotic" experiences.
The process of etching is an important and integral part of
my project, because I use the analogy of the memory of the
plate with my own memory. Chinese texts and second hand fabrics are used for their
familiar associations with my childhood in Asia and in
France. Chinese was the first language I learnt to write, in
Macao. Fabrics were the materials I worked most closely
with, for many years, first in helping my mother's family in
Macao and then in helping my mother, in Paris. The two
elements echo both the enriching discovery and
unprecedented loss that I experienced in my adjustments to
my successive displacements from Cambodia to Australia. The result has been a series of etchings and sculptural works
which chart this investigation.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Ky, Marine
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Accompanying CD in pocket inside back cover. "Master of Fine Arts by Research, Printmaking". Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2000. Includes bibliographical references

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