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Title: Representation and indeterminacy : a study of night in painting
Author: Kerr, Janette.
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol,
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis presents the findings of a practice-based research project in fine art, supported by a study of specific art historical and philosophical discourses. Up until now, night landscape painting has not been properly considered as a genre in its own right. This thesis argues for its recognition as such through a critical examination of images of night landscape in the practice of key Western landscape painters from the 17th to the 21st century. It considers the extent to which efforts of contemporary artists to record and represent 'night' are consciously or unconsciously acted upon by our trajectory knowledge of past representational culture - tracing the 'nocturne' through Romanticism and Naturalism to abstraction, and via the overarching ideologies and expectation of 'landscape'. Importantly, my research highlights a continuity of artistic feeling and intention. My own art practice as a landscape painter forms an essential part of this investigation. A visual study of night in actuality, supported through the theoretical perspective of phenomenology, has been carried out: Through a series of night walks, drawings and paintings, night is interrogated as 'subject' as opposed to 'context', and as an indeterminate and 'ambiguous' space.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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