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Title: The home I carry with me : utilising drawing practice to map the changing spatial concepts of home in the context of unprecedented human migration
Author: Norton, Patricia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 3116
Awarding Body: University of the Arts London
Current Institution: University of the Arts London
Date of Award: 2017
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Habermas locates the distinction between the public and the private spheres in ancient Greece (Habermas, 1989, p.3). By the 1700s, the term home was commonly applied to the private sphere which was also seen as the domestic. This shift generated extensive critical debate during the 20th Century with the development of feminist discourse. In the 21st Century human migration and globalisation added a new dimension to the debate. As perceptions of home continue to shift, the two levels of debate are yet to be fully integrated. My research seeks to contribute towards bringing these two debates closer together by attempting to visualise home through my drawing practice. I appropriate methodologies utilised by feminist artists and theorists; specifically, the strategic use of autobiographic construct. A strategic autobiographic methodology allows me to address home within the context of globalisation and integrate both levels of debate. In HOUSE, I utilise architectural drawing modes to test conceptions of home as housed by a physical building, only to find that I have no rest, retreat or home of my own within it. In VIEW, I move around the interior, my defiantly time-consuming lines mapping household activities and tasks. These vision-based methods map the house but not home. In BODY, I look for home through multi-sensory approaches and embodied inhabitation. What emerges is still the house. In HOME, my drawings map the fluid experiential entity constituted by social interrelations and encounters. Familial obligations and responsibilities are presented textually and sorted repetitiously. In this way home is materialized as the ties, relations and duties today's woman carries with her.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fine Art ; Drawing