Landscapes of the mind, inside and out: representation of subjective feeling in the contemporary world through symbols, patterns and signs in 2D artworks with an emphasis on Korean and Western practice

Hong, J 2016, Landscapes of the mind, inside and out: representation of subjective feeling in the contemporary world through symbols, patterns and signs in 2D artworks with an emphasis on Korean and Western practice, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


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Title Landscapes of the mind, inside and out: representation of subjective feeling in the contemporary world through symbols, patterns and signs in 2D artworks with an emphasis on Korean and Western practice
Author(s) Hong, J
Year 2016
Abstract This dissertation explores notions of mindscape through practice-based artistic research. The project utilises intercultural dialogue and novel methodologies in order to generate new artwork and knowledge relating to the concept of ‘mind’. The research explores both Eastern and Western conceptions of ‘mind’; in particular it is informed by Lao Tzu’s Taoist ideas of Ki and Moo-wei-ja-yeon, the concept of Hwek associated with the Korean artform of Soo-mook-hwa, the Automatism of Abstract Expressionism, and Carl Jung’s ideas of Natural symbols.

This research project has been conducted through philosophical study and practical experimentation in two distinct stages. Firstly, the research defines and conceptualises ‘mind’ in relation to Eastern philosophy, particularly Lao Tzu’s Taoism; it also conducts investigations that reconcile Eastern and Western conceptions of art-making (Moo-wei-jayeon and Automatism). The research in this early stage was undertaken to provide core information and a broader context with which to consider the mind and its qualities and how these might relate to traditional and contemporary art.

The second stage of the research involved practical experimentation. The manifestation of the mindscape was examined through the artistic documentation of daily conditions of ‘mind’ and the use of this output in the production and installation of new artworks that also utilised a multiplicity of media, such as drawing, painting, and installation. In so doing, the project explored ‘mind’ as it is experienced in daily life in the form of multi-dimensional installations that incorporated mark-making action, dimensionality, materiality, space and time.

In this research, the studio-based project has represented a diversity of the mind’s conditions, which are identified in linear structures or images in the process of making and exhibiting artworks. In the resulting artworks, the project highlights new forms of the manifestation of ‘mind’ and its aspects in art. It also offers new knowledge of both Eastern and Western ideas combined together as a mixture to expand the consideration of and methodology for manifesting ‘mind’.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Subjects Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Keyword(s) Contemporary painting and installation practice
Mindscape
Natural symbol
Korean art
Automatism
Taoism
Ki
Moo-Wei-Ja-Yeon
Hwek
Daily drawing
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