Tragedy and assimilation: Occupying the patterned surface

Volz, Kirsty (2014) Tragedy and assimilation: Occupying the patterned surface. In Churchill, Lynne & Smith, Dianne (Eds.) Occupation : Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution - Constructed Space Conceptualized. Ashgate, Burlington, VT.

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This chapter draws on biographical data about two notable pattern designers of wall surfaces in the interior. Both had personal histories of multiple careers and geographical locations and both their lives ended in mysterious circumstances. One of the pattern designers, Jim Thompson, disappeared in the Malaysian highlands in 1967 and was never found. The other, Florence Broadhurst, was brutally murdered in 1977; her case remains unsolved. This chapter theorizes that the patterned surface attracted Broadhurst and Thompson as a space to occupy and record their divergent pasts, and questions what it is to lose oneself in the surface of the interior, to find freedom (or slavery) in the abdication of control. This notion is further evidenced in creative works, including the Australian film Candy and the work by skin illustrator Emma Hack. What is it to work with the self as a two-dimensional representation in the outside world? Occupying the surface suggests a reflexive relationship with identity, that makes-over and re-shapes truths, lies and re-constructions. The chapter reminds us that the surface is never in stasis.

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ID Code: 71339
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Florence Broadhurst, Jim Thompson, Wallpaper, Patterend Wall Surfaces, Interior Decoration
ISBN: 9781472440631
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Ashgate
Deposited On: 12 May 2014 04:05
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 08:33

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