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That which is between internal and external : a visual investigation


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Reynolds, Rowan Miranda 2006 , 'That which is between internal and external : a visual investigation', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In my research I have focused on what it is that is
between opposites. I have considered the edge of the
human body (the skin) as that which is between the
opposites of internal and external. The understanding
of what is inside and what is outside our skin is
considered by many to underlie our acknowledgment of
all other opposites and definitions. As well as being
interpreted as a site of separation the skin can be
considered a site where inside and outside converge.
Because of this duality, it is often referenced by artists
who associate this aspect of the body's edge with a
meeting place between internal and external including
Eva Hesse, Anna Mendieta, Yayoi Kusama and Doris
Salcedo, to whom I have given particular attention in
the theoretical and practical aspects of my
My studio research has aimed to explore the subtle,
smooth, fragile visual transitions between suggested
internal and external forces. In sculpture and
installation works I have experimented with materials
associated with skin, in particular those that come
through the skin, such as salt and water. I have also
considered the use of fabric in order to represent the
transition between inside and outside. I have mixed
edible flour with talcum powder to confuse the two
realms of inside and outside. I have approached my
research through process, allowing my intentions to
have a connection with my processes of making; this
often results in ephemeral works. These latter works
have been documented during the research project.
Several further ephemeral works will have been
created for the examination submission and these
reflect my investigations into this particular aspect of
the sculptural process. The research project is a
significant investigation of the potential of ephemeral
sculpture to represent the transition between inside and

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Reynolds, Rowan Miranda
Keywords: Skin in art, Art
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