Re-imagining Malay myth and legend in contemporary sculptural practices: creative representations through symbols and allegories

Abu Hassan, S 2012, Re-imagining Malay myth and legend in contemporary sculptural practices: creative representations through symbols and allegories, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

Title Re-imagining Malay myth and legend in contemporary sculptural practices: creative representations through symbols and allegories
Author(s) Abu Hassan, S
Year 2012
Abstract The research project titled `Re-imagining Malay myth and legend in Contemporary Sculptural practice’ is an investigation of creative activities influenced by the Minimalist approach with a selective emphasis on materials, textual images and symbolic form. The research addresses the cross-cultural themes in visual symbols manipulated in installations and sculptures.

The exegesis explains how I have used my Malay Muslim cultural background and my experimentation with to develop visual forms referential to Malay myth. The position and the “voice” of the female protagonists are central to my re-interpretation of their stories. I intertwine this investigation with insights into my own adaptation to a Western environment. The paper outlines the journey of my exploration and the key issues that have led to my engagement with particular media, including new combinations of manufactured, found objects, and natural materials used in conjunction with light, shadow, text and language. A focus on the female sensibility in my background as a Malay Muslim woman, and an explanation of the symbols and allegories used in studio practice, is discussed. As Islam requires the avoidance of realistic representation I would describe my working method as a minimalist approach with a selective emphasis on materials, textual images and symbolic form.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Contemporary sculpture
Malay myth
Cross culture
Cultural symbol
Allegories
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