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Resplendent: an investigation into the synthesis of body and clothing as sculptural form.


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Briant, I 2007 , 'Resplendent: an investigation into the synthesis of body and clothing as sculptural form.', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The project explored the synthesis of the human body and its dress
within the practice of sculpture. It is based on the premise that a
dressed person is visualised and comprehended as one coherent image,
rather than as two separate components of body and clothing. The
creative interplay between these elements accounts for the vitality and
ongoing sensual and intellectual stimulation inherent in the body/dress
partnership. The project was inspired by the conviction that forms and
structural processes of clothing can be paralleled in sculpture.
The conceptual background to the project has been expanded through
investigations into several related areas. The idea that dress
significantly extends the body image was explored through the
concept of metonymical association. A person’s self image is
conditioned by conventions of pictorial representation of the clothed
body. These depictions, traditionally found in painting and more
recently in film and advertising, emphasise the frontal aspects of
dress. Consideration of the phenomena of mirror reflections and
shadows reinforce this two-dimensional pictorial concept. A further
field of enquiry focused on the extent to which materials and forms ofThe part of the project concerned with investigations into sculptural
construction, focused primarily on shifts between dimensions. The
contrasting of two and three-dimensional elements within the one
work, or the gradual transformation of one dimension into another,
were developmental strategies which resulted in a diverse range of
forms. These included fully three-dimensional, free-standing
structures and works suspended from the ceiling or attached to the
wall. Throughout the project, experimentation with materials and
simple processes were essential for the development and consolidation
of ideas. Of major importance was the use of rich, tactile fabrics as a
potent means of evoking a sense of both body and clothing.
The project has drawn inspiration from artists noted for their original
configurations of two and three-dimensional forms and for their
innovative use of materials and techniques. These include Eva Hesse,
Robert Rauschenberg and Caroline Broadhead. Japanese dress
designer, Issey Miyake, through his inventive approach to clothing
construction, was a driving force throughout the project. The
sculptural work of Judith Shea, clearly evoking both body and
clothing, provided a context for comparison and assessment.
The outcomes of the project are demonstrated through the sculpture
selected for the thesis exhibition. All images focus on the combination
of perceptions of the visual impact of the clothed body with
juxtapositions between two and three-dimensional forms.
clothing engender feelings of sensuality and eroticism.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Briant, I
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