SLIPPAGE (TOWARDS A MATERIAL TERRAIN): AN EXPLORATION OF A PAINTING PROJECT.

  • Susan Connolly

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

Slippage (Towards a Material Terrain): An Exploration of a Painting Project considers a new paradigm for hybrid painting practices within the context of 20th and early 21st century art discourse surrounding installational and sculptural expansions of the medium. I will explore through this thesis how Painting, no longer a discipline having to validate its pre-modernist analog status, now finds itself in a position of offering new methods of looking and understanding materiality in the digital age through old practices and traditions. I have broken down the research into three key areas within the thesis. One: a historical contextualization of how hybrid painting developed from doubt and a method of making-itself since 1949. Two: I have established a framework for how this method of hybrid painting could fall into a category for a processual art, and finally three: I have developed a theory as to how painting visualizes methods of making-itself in the form of material slippage. Importantly, I will demonstrate how my research question: how can an artwork/painting make itself? has evolved through the exploration, testing and reflecting upon and through the practice methodology, which has in turn influenced and structured this written thesis. I have endeavored to both visualize and contextualize the practice as equally as possible throughout this thesis by building an artist atlas alongside the written element. To exhibit and make visual methods of slippage and to show how it has evolved and unfolded throughout the research.
Date of AwardJan 2018
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorDougal Mc Kenzie (Supervisor) & Ralf Sander (Supervisor)

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SLIPPAGE (TOWARDS A MATERIAL TERRAIN): AN EXPLORATION OF A PAINTING PROJECT.
Connolly, S. (Author). Jan 2018

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis