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Title: Kitsch in contemporary ceramics : from Postmodernism to queer theory
Author: Hiesterman , Katrina Lynn
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 8799
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2015
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Kitsch in Contemporary Ceramics: From Postmodernism to Queer Theory is a synopsis of extensive research investigating the relationship between kitsch and contemporary ceramics. In particular, this research seeks to discern if this relationship has the possibility of creating a new paradigm between these two areas. Due to the lack of scholarly engagement on the part of art historians with the field of contemporary ceramics, there is a dearth of research in this area. This investigation, therefore, seeks to address this lack and make a significant contribution to the debate in this area, and provide a basis for future critical research and engagement in this field. The use of kitsch as an art process to create hybridized objects has validity in this investigation insofar as this involves recontextualization of an art form, traditionally associated with low aesthetics, by a group of international artists to produce sculpture that speaks about social commentary, popular culture, gender issues, and satire. As well as framing this investigation within the theoretical parameters of postmodernism, popular culture, and queer theory, I have also employed oral history. These diverse approaches have proven invaluable in providing a range of perspectives that permitted critical analysis from multiple points of view.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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