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[Documentation of work produced within the Master of Fine Arts course]

Miller, Paul S 1988 , '[Documentation of work produced within the Master of Fine Arts course]', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Since I wrote my proposal in Canada two years ago, there has been
a focussing of my work in certain areas, while other concerns have
assumed a lesser significance in the body of the work. I had
anticipated this when writing the proposal, aware that I must
allow a flexibility to accommodate the changes I thought would
accompany my introduction to a new culture.
What was to be a maJor concern during the course, and something
that my work had been dealing with before I left Canada, was the
notion of man as creator and destroyer in a decaying environment.
However I found that I could not continue to work as I had in
Canada, as it seemed my new environment called for a
reassessment of my working process, and only after such a
reassessment have I been able to return to this theme.
What I have been dealing with significantly in my work is how, as
an artist, I have responded to a new environment with its many
dimensions. My work has dealt with my adaptation to a familiar
yet unfamiliar culture. I felt compelled to communicate my
feelings of 'displacement' through the use of symbols that I
believe have a universal significance. This was developed in work
that uses the images of the tower, the head, and the storm tossed
boat. The latter two in particular acted as vehicles for expressing
the experience of the journey, whether it be the journey of an
individual to anew land, or the universal journey through life. I
would say that at the time I wrote the proposal I, to a degree,
underestimated (although I had anticipated) the impact of a new
environment, and the subsequent adaptations to it, on my work.
The final series of paintings completed during the course has
grown out of the exploration of the notion of the journey,
departure and arrival, confrontation with a new culture or the
The final series of drawings was born of my concern with man as
destroyer and creator, reformulated, often through the symbol of
the flame (fire symbolizes both destruction and the renewal that is
made possible through this), and reborn in a new context. The
Journey to a new place frequently brings with it the need to
destroy much of what has constituted the past -- the things that
applied in another place and time but are no longer relevant. In
my own experience it has been necessary to destroy much m
order to create anew.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Miller, Paul S
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1989. Includes bibliographical references

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