Process and progression: an investigation into provoking curiosity by challenging and extending perceptual engagement

Cottrell, S 2010, Process and progression: an investigation into provoking curiosity by challenging and extending perceptual engagement, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.


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Title Process and progression: an investigation into provoking curiosity by challenging and extending perceptual engagement
Author(s) Cottrell, S
Year 2010
Abstract Through the production of small objects I have developed strategies for extending a viewer’s perceptual engagement by provoking curiosity via ambiguity of form and challenging expectations through materiality. The process of creative development is embedded in both the content and production.

The main aim of the project was to build objects that invite and reward acute attention to material nature and relationships between forms. My intention was to fabricate small jewellery scale objects in metal that are shaped by the progression and evolution within my creative processes against a backdrop of discourse on visual attention and perception. In particular this research focused on perception and attention to detail and their role in gain a deeper understanding of ‘cause and effect’ and its importance in the continued development and progress of idea/concept and also in relation to physical manual engagement and material control.

Using insights into the manner of human visual perception I devised forms that explore the effects of variations in the scale, detail, structure and contrasts in materiality as a means to encourage and intensify curiosity and reward a viewer’s sensory attentiveness; in effect drawing parallels between the process of the artist and the viewers perceptions of the artworks that result.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Jewellery
metal
creative development
creative process
ambiguity
perception
visual attention
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