A Visual And Theoretical Interpretation Of Sculpted Paper As Metaphor For The Fragility And Vulnerability Of The Human Being

Abstract

The purpose of this practice-led research was to explore paper as a metaphor for the fragility and vulnerability of the human being. This research focused on child abuse and gender inequality. Research on this theme is of topical value as it is a countrywide, as well as a worldwide phenomenon. This research was undertaken through a literature review, by analysis of relevant artists’ work (particularly those artists whose work engaged with the specific themes of metaphor, the body, memory and remembrance, social commentary, or whose work utilised paper, text, and light as creative materials), and the practical and technical procedures employed in works of art. The literature indicated that although there were certain similarities in the work of other artists, my work was unique in interpretation and execution. None of the artists referenced in this thesis work solely with paper as their medium, nor have they engaged as deeply with paper as a metaphor for the human being. My focus was on developing a personal technique of using paper as a medium of expression and creativity. I used a conceptual approach expressed through an appropriate material, which in this research was paper. I found that through the use of the very fragile medium of recycled tissue paper the fragility of the human form could successfully be expressed. Various other types of recycled paper were also used to express the historical background of the theme of abuse. The art works created for the exhibition (as partial fulfilment of this thesis) also illustrate that paper can be used as a medium for fine arts and not only for crafts.

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APA

NEL, R (2021). A Visual And Theoretical Interpretation Of Sculpted Paper As Metaphor For The Fragility And Vulnerability Of The Human Being. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/a-visual-and-theoretical-interpretation-of-sculpted-paper-as-metaphor-for-the-fragility-and-vulnerability-of-the-human-being

MLA 8th

NEL, RIKA "A Visual And Theoretical Interpretation Of Sculpted Paper As Metaphor For The Fragility And Vulnerability Of The Human Being" Afribary. Afribary, 21 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/a-visual-and-theoretical-interpretation-of-sculpted-paper-as-metaphor-for-the-fragility-and-vulnerability-of-the-human-being. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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NEL, RIKA . "A Visual And Theoretical Interpretation Of Sculpted Paper As Metaphor For The Fragility And Vulnerability Of The Human Being". Afribary, Afribary, 21 Apr. 2021. Web. 12 Jun. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/a-visual-and-theoretical-interpretation-of-sculpted-paper-as-metaphor-for-the-fragility-and-vulnerability-of-the-human-being >.

Chicago

NEL, RIKA . "A Visual And Theoretical Interpretation Of Sculpted Paper As Metaphor For The Fragility And Vulnerability Of The Human Being" Afribary (2021). Accessed June 12, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/a-visual-and-theoretical-interpretation-of-sculpted-paper-as-metaphor-for-the-fragility-and-vulnerability-of-the-human-being

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RIKA NEL Field: Creative Arts Type: Thesis 153 PAGES (28115 WORDS) (pdf)