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Fold After Fold: Investigating the concept of the fold in artistic practice

posted on 2019-06-12, 02:00 authored by Andrea Tu
For the research project I have taken the concept of the fold as a way to generate a series of works in a variety of media. In the research paper I examine the effect that this strategy has had on my practice, as well as seek to address other concerns that the work is engaged with.
The first essay outlines the conceptual implications of the fold . This primarily concerns Gilles Deleuze's thesis on the fold, its relation to the aesthetics and mathematics of the Baroque, and how the inside and outside can be reconfigured. Art historical notions of the Baroque and contemporary ideas of the Neo-Baroque are also examined.
The second essay outlines questions of form, specifically in relation to ornament and abstraction. The relationship between these are examined by looking at some of the theories on ornament proposed by Alois Riegl, as well as modernist ideas on the role of abstraction.
The third essay outlines my methodology, which is one based on weaving and juxtaposition. Roland Barthes's notions of intertextuality, along with Michel Foucault's belief that we live in the epoch of juxtaposition, are raised as a way of understanding how such an approach can be understood within a broader cultural arena.


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Department of Fine Arts


Master of Fine Art

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Faculty of Arts