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Teo, SH 2009 , 'Been, being and becoming : the meaning of change', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Palimpsests, surfaces upon which images are layered one upon the other, can be
found everywhere on Launceston's roadways. The palimpsests I am interested in are
those formed by the numbering system of parking meters and road repairs. They
provide clues to an understanding of the phenomena of life and nature, and by doing
so, become markers for the passage of time.
The concept of a palimpsest implies a manuscript that has been inscribed in layers
over time, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often still legible. I refer
to two types of palimpsest: one a deliberate erasure - the Council roadway number
system, and the other the accidental erasure through road repairs that often seal over
original structures and messages.
The outcome of the project, collages of paintings and digital prints, expresses the
lyrical beauty of erosion created by the passing of time, and reveals itself through the
process of decay. My objective in creating the works is to understand the world in
which we live: from the 'now', where we peel back history, and gain an insight into
how the present and the past make an impact on the future.
As a background to this project I have examined works by Jasper Johns, Jeffrey
Smart, and Sean Scully. I have discussed their work in relation to issues that are
relevant to my project: for example, I have studied the different ways those artists
interpret ideas, how they deal with the collective memory, or recall places they have
visited and overlaid these with experiences of the present to produce insightful
My aim has been to create mixed-media digital print images based on.a virtual
memory of the past. I have used layered images of the commonplace to build
palimpsests that reveal traces of history and, at the same time, suggest a future. The
project seeks to raise an awareness of the beauty of everyday things and life in
Launceston. Without seeking to create a formal frame, for example by introducing
the horizon in the painting, I leave viewers to reflect on their own experiences and
imagination of the 'now' and 'then', in order to open up a door to speculate on the
process and experience of 'becoming'.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Teo, SH
Keywords: Landscapes, Time and art, Memory in art, Place (Philosophy) in art
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 2010. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. The significance of becoming -- Ch. 2. The concept of the palimpsest -- Ch. 3. The influences and inspiration -- Ch. 4. The development of visual works

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