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Ichnographia: arrogation and alteration

Boukla, Eirini (2013) Ichnographia: arrogation and alteration. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis is a meta-commentary that accompanies a portfolio of artworks produced over the course of the research project; one that explores tracing and the traced as a creative process in drawing. Despite the fact that there is notable information regarding tracing’s preparatory role within the history of drawing (Bambach, 1999), there is little research regarding the shift of its role towards an independent and creative end in drawing today. Consequently, I see tracing as a process for drawing that is continually open to question and exploration. The research takes the view that the reworking of pre-existing cultural products and models arguably now replaces the idea of originality and the new (in the sense of starting from zero) (Bourriard, 2002), a perspective which suggests that there are only specific re-readings and no originative readings. (Derrida, 1976) Within this context, I suggest that tracing in drawing has now, by way of its character, become an exemplary process which can challenge a long standing dialectic: that of the measure of the eye and its judgment, contrasted with mechanical means and the execution of the hand. I believe that this offers up an argument for speculation on a centrality of tracing within drawing now. Overall, the writing addresses a central question, namely what can account for a consideration of tracing as a creative agent in drawing today? It also gives the theoretical means needed to understand the underlying reasoning, preoccupations, and concerns behind the submitted work and provides supplementary information about the drawings and paintings developed as part of this research, thereby offering up a new perspective of tracing’s cultural assumptions for those involved with the history and practice of drawing.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
ISBN: 978-0-85731-805-3
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.617157
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 12:29
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 13:45
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6915

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