Matter and ghost : an exploration of the idea of the sacred in ordinary things

Bradbeer, H 2008, Matter and ghost : an exploration of the idea of the sacred in ordinary things, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.


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Title Matter and ghost : an exploration of the idea of the sacred in ordinary things
Author(s) Bradbeer, H
Year 2008
Abstract The focus of this project is the exploration of notions of the sacred through the study of functional, unadorned forms and the processes by which I translate them into drawn images. My objective is to observe and represent what I see as visually essential to objects such as bowl, egg and rag. My intention is to engage aspects of archetypal simplicity, providing a visual starting-point for contemplation in the viewer.

Detached from specific liturgical contexts, the notion of 'sacredness' is not anchored by traditional icons. The logic behind the austerity of my 'generic' subject matter is to make a visual connection to the otherwise formless concept of a primal imprint of human consciousness, to anchor my exploration of the sacred.

I aim to discover a position between figuration and abstraction that can communicate what I see as elemental to the subject of each drawing, concentrating the arena for contemplation within the bounds of the form depicted. By subduing contextual narrative in this way, I intend to amplify the tiny events of light, line and texture within the drawn form.

I aim to discover a position between figuration and abstraction that can communicate what I see as elemental to the subject of each drawing, concentrating the arena for contemplation within the bounds of the form depicted. By subduing contextual narrative in this way, I intend to amplify the tiny events of light, line and texture within the drawn form.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Art Philosophy
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