A moment of beauty: an archive of intimate engagements

Vallance, C 2014, A moment of beauty: an archive of intimate engagements, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.

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Collection: Theses

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Title A moment of beauty: an archive of intimate engagements
Author(s) Vallance, C
Year 2014
Abstract This document is an Appropriate Durable Record (ADR) of my Masters of Fine Art research project, titled, A moment of beauty: An Archive of Intimate Engagements. The ADR contains photographic documentation of my artwork produced through this investigation along with a written reflective process – outlining the objectives of the research, identifying research questions, describing how the artworks were created and evaluated. The central focus of this research is studio based painting and drawing. The intention of the artwork is to locate beauty ‘in a moment’. In the text beauty as a subjective experience will be discussed in four pathways of inquiry, titled, ‘In A Sense’, ‘Inner Sense’, ‘In Essence’, and ‘In Experience’. The intended exhibition of this project will show an archive of artwork and by association intimate engagements that seek to locate beauty within a moment. When I say ‘archive’ I am referring to my artwork as a document and a cultural repository, amorphous in shape that is actually a site of discourse, understood to be in a constant state of evolution.

This research has a two–fold objective. Firstly, to consider how the qualities of beauty in contemporary painting and drawing might relate or differ from my artwork. I will describe the artwork of Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Friedrich Kunath and Elizabeth Peyton in relation and contrast to my artwork. And secondly, I aim to reveal that a transformative experience in art is equivalent to a moment of beauty, investigated through the subject matter of people engaging in a focused creative and playful activity understood through my own experience of painting ‘in the moment’. When I say a transformative experience I am describing the moment a shift in focus occurs in which a person feels a complete involvement with the ‘flow’ of life. It is not a transcendent experience, because my subjects are not going outside or beyond the activity they are performing, they are fully immersed and deeply connected with where they are and what they are doing. I will discuss my studio practice and research methodology by describing my own ‘transformative’ experience making artwork induced by painting and drawing my subjects in a moment of beauty. In the conclusion my project ends in an opening, with the artwork - similar to the nature of beauty – able to flow it’s own way.

Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Chloe Vallance
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