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Xue, Xiaolin (1991) [Documentation of the work produced for the Master of Fine Arts]. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

As part of my MFA course, seven portraits in oils will be finished by the end
of May, 1990. This choice has been made from my personal experience and
visual impression in the past six months, and all paintings will be based on
the life of the Greater Hobart Area. These seven portraits, according to their
contents, will be automatically inducted into two series, namely Salamanca -
Portrait of a City (5 in number) and Bloody Raspberry.
The former will describe the lonely mood of islanders who have long been
confined by an insular circumstance. As a rule, the Saturday Salamanca is
regarded as a chance to bring people into contact. Although multifarious
activities such as commercial, artistic, recreational, religious and even
political interlock and continue all the morning, when one scrutinizes them
it will be found that they are but discrete phenomena, and people are never
concerned whatsoever their result will be. Participants of these activities
sometimes come merely for a sort of psychic satisfaction - they are actually
isolated individuals. In the Salamanca series, I will portray some "nobodies" ~
of the city - buskers and artisans, who are always so engrossed in their
humble performance that they become oblivious of their surroundings.
Under a sombre sky in Sulivans Cove, their inattentive eyes tell people just
how solitary their hearts are. Week after week, and year after year they have
become a fossil symbol and an indispensable ingredient of the bazaar.
There will be two Portraits in the series Bloody Raspberry, derived from my
three-day experience on a fruit farm beyond Mt Wellington. Although
aware of being paid harshly for their tedious work, more wanderers, some of
them homeless, are coming simply because they can get in the harvest
season a free camping - a tinplate hut with a wood-burning fireplace in it. I
know some of these raspberry pickers, as I was once one of them, paid not a
penny after a long day of labour. Bloody Raspberry - that's the saddest sound
from the depth of those squeezed and down-trodden souls.
Fundamentally a realistic painter, I like to lay stress on the description of the
inner world of my figures, on their reactions to external excitations and on
the visual extension of their conflicting thoughts. In these works I will I
endeavor to vest my figures with such touching force that the onlookers'
sympathy might be roused through a mutual feeling which belongs to all
human beings. Humanity factors in these works will possess much greater
importance, in comparison with the events depicted.
Technically, the seven paintings will be treated in different tones
respectively. For each piece in the Salamanca series the identity of tone is
the first consideration. Whereas in the Bloody Raspberry, the figures are
segregated from their backgrounds, so as to make a strong shock with sharp
contrast of colour. All paintings will have an approximate size of some 60" x
60", assuming material is sufficient.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
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Copyright 1991 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s).

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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1991. Includes bibliographical references

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