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Propsting, Ruth 1987 , '[Documentation of work produced within the Master of Fine Arts course]', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Since 1982 my work has been concerned with the figure. This
evolved in 1983 to become a personal statement about the
presentation of women particularly as a result of media image
and advertising. In 1984, using the same subject I concentrated
almost entirely on consolidating my understanding of formal
elements. In 1985 the figure has become a more universal
religious symbol and the paintings contain a more narrative

My painting is a method of discovery of the self and the
universe. Religious symbols from Christian and eastern cultures
are being used in order to seek out personal and universal
understanding. The immediate environment (in this case
Gippsland) influences me as it reflects the human condition. A
major influence on my work this year was a trip to New York. To
me New York city represents the penultimate example of Western
culture and seems to foreshadow the future of the Western world
through the self-destructiveness of capitalism which leads
almost inevitably to a kind of third world state: humankind
turning a full circle, almost a reincarnation, a glimpse into the
future. This, and a visit to an imported fourteenth century
monastery, also in New York city, and entirely out of context, has
had a profound effect on my work this year, manifested in
particular by the apocalyptic religious symbolism, although there
remains a strong connection to my work of previous years.

I would like to explore and resolve these concerns over the two
years of the course. My means of expression is through the
activity of painting. I am interested in other areas such as
printmaking and drawing and I believe that to extend my image
making to its fullest it would be necessary to participate at an
almost equal level in those activities.

I believe that it is necessary to take account of the contemporary
art situation (particularly painting) in order to seriously take
part in the activity of painting and drawing, to extend my visual
language and to continue to operate relevantly within the context
of my time, but I do not believe that this should be pursued for its
own sake and result in a loss of my integrity.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Propsting, Ruth
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1988. Includes bibliographical references

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