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The mere real thing and beyond : an alternative perspective of everyday life through the appropriation of commonplace things in the context of contemporary visual arts entertainment

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This studio-based research project examines the perception and meanings of ordinary objects as a way to understand our existence. My argument has focused on the meaninglessness of life and existence as that experience itself can easily appear out of the encounters of our everyday life. I have attempted to establish a thesis about the ordinariness of meaning through the primacy of objects. The only meaning is the meaning of the ordinary and the everyday, and that is essentially the fragile and transient. The aims of this research are to bring the ordinary object, in its multiplicity of being, its transience and fragility, to the centre of attention; to make us aware of the fragility, transience and multiplicity of meanings, of language and of the real; to exhibit a conception of art through the deconstruction of things, and in doing so bring into question the relationship between art and life; and to create a body of work that embodies a certain way of understanding human life. The exegesis comprises six chapters with each chapter testing one aspect of my research. I have explored my position as a contemporary artist and set out my worldview for a solution of survival. I considered the definition of art in relation to contemporary circumstances and explained why appropriation and collage are central elements in my approach. The research has also been set in a context enabling the critique of other artists' works that have experienced similar attitudes and themes. I have demonstrated that art reveals the truth of existence and helps us to perceive and inhabit this physical world. Through an all-embracing attitude toward things, I claim we are able to arrive at a state of understanding and then confidently project the potentiality of all being.


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Copyright 2006 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). No access or viewing until 23 January 2008. Thesis (PhD) University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. My position: tangoing with the present -- Ch. 2. My worldview: dimension of the mass -- Ch. 3. My definition: learning about representation -- Ch. 4. My approach: passage to openness -- Ch. 5. My reference: related art practices -- Ch. 6. My development: record of the realization -- Conclusion

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