Understanding Complexities of the Body-Object-Space

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Shaw, Elizabeth M
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Larsson, Chari
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2022-07-07
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This practice-led research seeks to expand an understanding of the body–object–space through wearable objects that challenge the boundaries of contemporary jewellery in the visual arts. This studio research aims to accentuate a space that may otherwise be unnoticed by extending or limiting the senses through the placement of ambiguous objects on the body. The exegesis analyses the co-dependency between human and wearable objects, the inner being and outer being, and the process whereby wearable objects gain value from the maker, wearer and viewer. Revealing the body–object–space as co-actors, performances captured in photography and video may offer different perspectives of relational space, which could be intimate or public. As such, this research has utilised photography and video to document people in movement wearing the jewellery and small objects I have made during my candidature. At the outset of the research, I considered how movement offers us an important way to understand how the body and wearable objects work, allowing us to comprehend the space around the body, including the psychological processes that are evoked. This led to the realisation that the body–object–space is a place where we create and relate; hence, it helps us to understand human nature and identity.

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Master of Visual Arts (MVA)
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Queensland College of Art
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body–object–space
visual art
wearable objects
Jewellery
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