The architecture of home: an enquiry through painting of home in suburban Australia

Hill, G 2014, The architecture of home: an enquiry through painting of home in suburban Australia, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.

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Title The architecture of home: an enquiry through painting of home in suburban Australia
Author(s) Hill, G
Year 2014
Abstract This exegesis documents a research project that uses art practice to examine relationships between notions of home and the built form of the residential suburb in Australia.

The project argues that three of home’s essential qualities, those of security, privacy and identity are evident in the built form of the suburb. It has examined the ways in which built form in the suburb is constructed and designed to accommodate and enhance these notions of home.

Home is more than a physical structure or location; it is a synthesis of these things together with human centred feelings and memories related to belonging and nurture, as well as to other subjective qualities such as security, privacy and identity. In Australia the majority of the population have sought home in a suburban environment. The suburbs are a focus of debates concerning housing affordability, environmental sustainability, design aesthetics and infrastructure. These are complex problems which are not explored in this exegesis; however, by exploring home in the suburban environment and its relation to built form the project seeks to provide a better understanding of home. An enhanced conceptualisation of home will provide new information and a broader context with which to consider such debates.

The project focusses upon the suburbs of Coburg and Craigieburn, both in Melbourne. These were chosen because as an established middle suburb and a new outer suburb respectively they are broadly representative of many middle and outer Australian suburbs. The project has researched the links between these qualities of home and the built form of Coburg and Craigieburn through a series of paintings. These artworks employ earth pigment as a paint medium to evoke the notion of place, an idea closely related to home. Also, they use the structural elements of the paintings themselves- the stretcher bars, timber support and linen surface, as visible entities in the finished works. These materials are used as a metaphor for the constructed landscape and spatiality of the chosen suburbs. This exegesis also describes and documents the process and progress of the paintings creation. It explores how the series of paintings were made as a part of investigative research into the ways in which suburban built form defines and delineates the suburbs and how it is structured and used in order to create a home.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Home
Built Form
Earth Pigment
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