: abstraction and spirituality in the Top End

  • Jacquelin Anne Fleet

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    This thesis investigates the issue of abstraction and spirituality in the development of my Master of Visual Arts Project. I aim to acknowledge and integrate the various influences on the development of this body of work.

    Over the last twelve months I have worked intermittently at Numbulwar School in the Gulf of Carpentaria. These trips have provided inspiration for the development of Occean as has my residency at Darwin High School where my studio overlooks the sea. I begin by exploring the development of Modernism and abstraction as deriving from nature. The abstraction of Occean maintains close links to the natural environment of the Top End, retaining a classical basis for the work. I acknowledge the influence of Romanticism and notions of the sublime and examine their contemporary value in painting.

    These canons provide the basis for Occean, however the impact of place plays a pivotal role upon my work. The cultural and physical landscape of the Top End provides a rich and fertile environment that challenges traditional European concepts of both abstraction and spirituality.

    Note: Please note that some images have been removed due to copyright.
    Date of Award2006
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorSylvia Kleinert (Supervisor)

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