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Title: Drawing the delicate : an investigation of values of delicacy in contemporary fine art drawing
Author: Casey , Sarah Marie
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis is part of a critical exploration of what it means to say a drawing is 'delicate' . Delicacy is one of the poetic, aesthetic and psychological qualities closely allied with the history and practice of drawing. Despite these widespread associations, and the increasing prominence of this sensibility in contemporary fin e art practice, delicacy as an aesthetic and critical phenomenon in drawing remains critically underexplored. The research project; of which this thesis is part, examines qualities of delicacy in detail through practice as research - the making of art works- and a scholarly investigation of contemporary concerns in drawing. The aim has been to enrich our understanding of graphic encounters, sharpen and refine our language and add substance and definition to what we understand to be delicacy. The project uses comparative material drawn from case studies in costume conservation, archaeology and medicine in order to identify shared practices in negotiating the delicate, an approach which has bought into focus values of delicacy in drawing. As a result, new forms of drawing have been developed to expand existing graphic languages, which negotiate the poetic and intellectual understandings of delicacy. In doing so they give form and definition to what may be considered as a specific aesthetic category of delicacy. The study argues that delicacy is a hermeneutic and ethical concern, both a quality of certain objects and a phenomenal, experiential quality of life which describes our uncertain and intimate concerns. The forms of drawing developed have the ability to make this palpable. As a result, drawing is presented as useful and transferrable re search tool for accessing and analysing particular qualities of lived experience
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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