No place like home

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Findlay, Elisabeth A
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Mosely, Timothy R
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2022-12-20
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The focus of this Master of Visual Art (Research) is an examination of how, from the perspective of a single, older, non–home owning, Australian woman, the meaning of the term ‘home’ explores ways of expressing my insecure and deeply embodied notion of home. The research locates itself through multi-disciplinary definitions of home as a place/space we inhabit materially as a physical structure; as an internal space of feeling and emotion; through familial relationships and cultural influences; and through gender relations and defined domestic roles. The research outcomes have emerged out of my lived experience of ‘home’, and have been developed through a phenomenological, practice-led studio approach. The research outcomes comprise large-scale, handmade floral paper panels, made using my unique papermaking processes, recycled clothing, memory, and floral domestic pattern, as a way of expressing personal, limiting, notions of home. Through somatic, material, and performative methodologies, I contemplate what is forming as the most significant evolution of the notion of ‘home’, as embodied in both the process and the resultant paper art works. The challenge has been to unpick the label of home as an engendered space, when the words ‘home’, ‘domestic’ and ‘self-worth’ are inextricably linked. The outcome of this research proposes that the concept of the home resonates throughout our lives.

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Master of Visual Arts (MVA)
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Queensland College of Art
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Creative arts research
papermaking
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