Water paths and the landscape: poetry of water paths watercourses waterways and rivers - fluid links between artists, ecology and the environment

Morris, C 2006, Water paths and the landscape: poetry of water paths watercourses waterways and rivers - fluid links between artists, ecology and the environment, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


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Title Water paths and the landscape: poetry of water paths watercourses waterways and rivers - fluid links between artists, ecology and the environment
Author(s) Morris, C
Year 2006
Abstract My project is a tribute to all water paths, waterways and rivers. It is an acknowledgement of their global significance, and of their mysterious and mythic presence in legend and history. The main body of the research and studio practice focuses on the Murray-Darling River System. Contained within the research there is a store of personal knowledge and memories of a complex river network. I view this research as my personal tribute. Some of the most important environmental challenges currently faced by us as a community in the twenty first century are water quality and water usage. By understanding and integrating people's needs, and ensuring that the communities in the Basin are able to engage in the process of change, a sense of identity can be fostered, so that long - term sustainability becomes a shared goal. Salinity, algal blooms, trading water property rights, and establi shing a balance between the needs of the environment and the needs of the communities in the consumption of water are some of the strategies that are planned under the Murray - Darling Basin Initiative. For my exploration into the environment, ecology and poetry of water paths, I have researched and will discuss the work of a number of contemporary visual artists, and quoted from works of both writers and poets, to further illustrate aspects of a water path and landscape environment. My selection is primarily governed by artworks that specifically reference the human traces that mark or imprint on the landscape, water paths in the riverine landscape and the linked ecology. By reflecting on the broader position of water, its usage and control, it can be seen how this factor relates to the health of our ecological environment, and the most likely impact water usage and control will have in the future. Through both studio research and exegesis, I encapsulate a key part of childhood memory and significance of pl ace, and established a sense of its importance within my integral identity. Simultaneously, the research explores the duality of this river environment and its atmospheric moods. I encompass the meditative qualities and beauty of this specific river environment, and include some investigation of social and ecological factors related to the presence and usage of water in the Murray - Darling Basin.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Art -- Philosophy
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