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A studio research project: Malay celebration as a cultural expression in creating sculpture utilizing an up-cycle approach.

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posted on 2019-02-22, 03:46 authored by Khairi, Hanif Bin
The basis of this thesis is to examine particular Malay cultural objects that are used in celebratory ceremonies as a foundation to advance studio research. Specifically, the Malay wedding ceremony is embraced because of its cultural significance – providing meaning and insights into a society; a country of my origins. In this context, the aim of this research study is to signify and to promote cultural expression and exchange through the creation of sculptural objects. This research also questions why and how sustainable-related art practices can be incorporated to produce sustainable and meaningful art-forms in the studio and discusses such implications and impacts as a result. In conducting this research, a practice-based research methodology has been implemented. As this research deals about sustainable art that are pertinent with up-cycling discarded materials, I began the creative process with collecting discarded household and industrial objects. From these materials, I created several series of sculptures and wall installations that illustrate the harmonious factor of up-cycle, materials, culture and nature. An up-cycle approach is used in order to transform those mundane objects into a new value and characteristics form of sculptures. This research paper also attempts to highlight the work of a number of contemporary visual artists who have been chosen for examination because of issues or subjects that have been brought up, the choice of materials, and their approaches or methods in creating artworks. Their approaches vary from one another, but the common thread that informs and confronts my research project is to address the idea of sustainability, signifying cultural expressions, materiality, as well as to emphasise the use of elements and principals of art in creating sculpture such as colour, texture, material, shape and form. Primarily, almost all the art objects that I have created used lamination and compression techniques, as well as employing the concept of `addition and subtraction’ – a sculptural term associated with adding and removing materials during the process of making to the desired form. The studio-based research consists of two sections: Part One contains the written exegesis, while Part Two contains original work exemplifying and locating the ideas developed in conjunction with the written exegesis.


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Dan Wollmering

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Fine Art


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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