Dust imagined : a creative reflection on mortality, anxiety and process

 

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dc.contributor.author Duncan, Suzanne en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-15T06:58:53Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-15T06:58:53Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Duncan, S. 2014. Dust imagined : a creative reflection on mortality, anxiety and process. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13074
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Why do skin, hair and fingernails that are desirable objects, belonging to a whole body and adding to its decoration, cause disgust and become markers of mortality when they are no longer part of the living body? When disembodied and separated into single strands, skin cells and nail clippings they repulse. In this project, by reconsidering, altering and curating dust, I produce artworks that allow for a new construction of its meaning. Extracted from my living spaces, the dust consists of fragments of objects that were once useful and contributed to a daily existence. In the form of household dust, they become useless. Through the creation of art objects I rework this substance so that it regains purpose. I view my body as a device for producing art, an instrument for construction as well as a producer of my chosen materials. I consider dust through the lens of various dualities: attraction and repulsion, fragility and strength, public and private, clean and dirty, order and chaos and presence and absence. As in all dualities, the potency of the one cannot fully function without the contrast of the other. Through the subtle altering of this non-matter (the dust), I have produced mark-making instruments, made use of it as props to aid performances and mediated its form through video pieces and photography. These products are an experiment in creating something from the non-thing. The material’s original use value is lost in its state as dust, rendering it without purpose - a found material that is always lost. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Fine Art en_ZA
dc.title Dust imagined : a creative reflection on mortality, anxiety and process en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Michaelis School of Fine Art en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MFA en_ZA
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