Paula Payne (DVA), Annelize Mulder (PhD), Karen Stone (MVA)
Paula Payne, DVA: Painted Landscapes of a Global Reckoning
My research investigates the scope for painting to represent global anxiety resulting from environmental degradation associated with climate change. The initial research reviews select painted landscapes that evoke a global reckoning or impending apocalypse. These are drawn from the full scope of Western art history, along with contemporary examples. Images and exemplars that I investigate explore narratives, thoughts and anxieties of the times in which they are made. One aim is to establish the iconographic vocabulary and aesthetic means that have established painting as a vehicle to represent important or uncertain moments in the condition of human interactions in the environment. The other primary aim is to explore the potential for contemporary painting to offer new understanding or interpretation of the landscape in the current and future context of global anxiety.
Annelize Mulder, PhD: The Spatiality of Violent Pasts - Legacies of Socialised Violence for South African Migrants in Australia
This research project acknowledges the remnants of violence that linger in the lives of South African migrants and ask how this migrant group reconcile and live with it. It explores connections to migration, memory, and violence by looking at South Africans in Australia. It argues that the fractured legacies of violence create a consciousness of vulnerability. Violence in South Africa has increased exponentially over the past two decades and resulted in a dramatic increase in migration. Australia is one of the coveted destinations for this migrant group as South Africans seek a safer life. The effects of being surrounded by such a violent society on these migrants are not yet known. These complexities are navigated through an interdisciplinary art practice.
Karen Stone, MVA: No Place Like Home
No place like home explores the meaning of the term "home', using the method of pulp painting: a synthesis of painting, papermaking and recycled clothing. It is a visual investigation of personal memories and feelings of home through the translation of domestic floral patterns to large scale pulp paintings. The flowers act as a metaphor for the familial conditioning of myself, a female child born in the 1950s. The pulp paintings are made with fibres sourced from donated or found recycled clothing and carry the stories from their previous owners into my story of home. Bringing the past into the present asks the question, what is the meaning of home for a single, older, non-home-owning woman in our particular society? Encompassing lived and imagined memories of the perception and embodiment of home, this practice-led research aims to deepen understanding and knowledge of the evolution of a sense of home and belonging.
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