The silence of objects : forming the unsayable

Moule, Judy-Ann (2012) The silence of objects : forming the unsayable. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The silence of objects phenomenologically explores the experience and memory of trauma through object-based artwork. It springs from a desire to map difficult psychological terrain and does so by tracking the process of a coming into 'expression' to communicate notions of loss, detachment and powerlessness. It maps a journey from silence to a forming 'voice' that gives shape to the unsayable.

This practice-led research is multifaceted. Whilst the creative element uses transformed objects as material metaphors to tap into the sensory and affective operations of art, the written component blends reflection with theory and is informed by art theorists Jill Bennett and Mignon Nixon. By establishing a dialogue between theoretical constructs and creative works I consider how giving form to deep consciousness can counter the effects of trauma manifest as silence and invisibility.

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ID Code: 53098
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Mafe, Daniel & Pennings, Mark
Keywords: trauma-related art, memory sense, transactive, sensation, affect, destruction and restoration, encountered sign, formlessness, phenomenological experience, silence, invisibility, journey, haptic visuality, object-based work, installation
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 13 Aug 2012 05:58
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 14:44

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