Memories are not silence: the trauma of witnessing and art making. A Phenomenological exploration of my lived experience as an artist.

Woodhams, Elizabeth Jean Deshon Smith (2004) Memories are not silence: the trauma of witnessing and art making. A Phenomenological exploration of my lived experience as an artist. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research investigates formative and definitive lived experiences as two narrative forms - art works and writing. The research seeks to uncover the essential features of these experiences (dominated as they are by my experiences of AIDS and the after effects of war) and bring the two narratives together as a reflexive and reflective dialogue. The 'lens' of my art practice (both written and visual) is predominantly that of a landscape painter -be it 'landscape of faces' (portraits), landscapes of the human form (figurative) or the more traditional descriptions of landscape (especially deserts). Phenomenological research is a particular mode of describing and understanding the contours of lived experience. By a process of self-reflection and critical analysis this research explores various understandings of landscape so as to uncover their structure and meaning and to come to a deeper understanding of how those elements influence my art making.

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ID Code: 15978
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Hawke, David & Barker, Jill
Keywords: memories, silence, art, artists, women artists, art making, trauma, witnessing, phenomenological research, lived experience, writing, HIV/AIDS, hetrosexual voices, war.
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Elizabeth Jean Deshon Woodhams
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:54
Last Modified: 22 May 2015 00:43

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