Shifting sites: an itinerant jeweller’s actions and traces out in the world

Ugazio, R 2016, Shifting sites: an itinerant jeweller’s actions and traces out in the world, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.

Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

Title Shifting sites: an itinerant jeweller’s actions and traces out in the world
Author(s) Ugazio, R
Year 2016
Abstract Shifting Sites is a PhD practice-led research project that has repositioned this jeweller’s practice, redefining it as a set of actions and resultant traces freed from its traditional use within object production.

Throughout the research, to re-cite is articulated as the verb that describes the methodology of the emergent practice. This methodology of re-citing recalls the physical relocation of practice into non-traditional sites exposing how this shift produces a gestural citation that references the origin of these actions and traces. In turn, this expresses a re-telling or reciting of the methods and agendas of jewellery to discover different ways of enacting and employing jewellery practice. Re-citing as a methodology contributes to art practice as one way in which artists can traverse disciplinary limitations to develop a practice that engages socially, spatially and temporally. The artworks resulting from this research reveal emergent complexity that explore and contribute to a field of art practices concerned with being in time and place, and with the nature of material engagement.

This practice-based research is contextualised in this dissertation by expanded jewellery practices and the work of installation, performance and situation specific art practitioners. This research is an articulation of the thinking produced through the practice. The research is also informed by thinking about materiality, practice, deconstruction, site and situation as examined in the work of Jane Rendell, Paul Carter, Jane Bennett, Miwon Kwon, Claire Doherty and Jacques Derrida.

This research also contributes to a growing field of fringe practices in contemporary jewellery through both its methodological approach and the artworks that expose the latent agency in jewellery actions. Fundamentally it contributes to an ongoing dialogue, perhaps the zeitgeist of our (jewellery) time, that calls for an answer to the question: What are the potentials for jewellery practice?

Research question:

How might jewellery practice – as a set of actions and resultant traces – engage with situations beyond object production, in relation to temporality, experience and material engagement?
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Subjects Crafts
Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Performance and Installation Art
Keyword(s) Jewellery
Contemporary Jewellery
Applied Art
Studio Craft
Site specific
Situation specific
Public art
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