Social and cultural realities

Lee, A 2006, Social and cultural realities, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.

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Title Social and cultural realities
Author(s) Lee, A
Year 2006
Abstract This project involves the visual exploration of different social, cultural and spiritual experiences in both the Third World and the West, as a metaphor for the human condition. It draws upon the experiences of people living in various situations of poverty and hardship in both Western and Thirld World communities. Through this research program I have created a series of visual works, which explore and questions many of the different social, cultural and spiritual characteristics of groups of people experiencing situations of extreme poverty, neglect and hardship within both Western and Thrid World societies. The main research for this roject has involved creating crucial links between my art practice and my ongoing involvement in humanitarian/aid programs in Andhra Pradesh, India, working with people in impoverished Third World conditions, and social welfare work in the Norther n Suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. By drawing on these two specific areas, this research project explores the theme of poverty as a valid subject for the visual artist in establishing a broader metaphor for the human condition in the 21st century. This has involved testing new insights in this area in relation to contemporary fine art, the relationship between poverty and contemporary visual art and the investigation of the artist as a documenter of real life experiences in situations both inside and outside of the typical Western experience of living.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Painting -- Australia
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