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Garcia, Edith, 2011, Thesis, 201186 MPhil thesis, Royal College of Art.

Abstract or Description:

How is it possible that civilization has a global understanding of the abstraction of the human form? At a subconscious level as humans we have the ability to find the form of the body in the most minimal of shapes, objects, landscape and even natural phenomena such as clouds, it is an ability inherent in human nature. This deep-rooted facility to recognise the human form at various levels of abstraction is also developed further by our life experiences, environment and total education; specifically in the fine and applied arts.

For this research I have focused on the change between realistic representations of the human form to complete abstraction. I have broken it down to its most basic elements to explore at what point our visual language allows us to recognise and define a shape or object as being influenced by, or connected to, the human form. I have concentrated on extending my own visual language relating to the human form within my own practice. A series of practical research projects has been undertaken and has been supported by a new series of investigative works, drawings and written evidence of the ways in which the figure can be represented, documenting the process via the thesis and final works.

As part of my research, I have investigated the way artists working with clay have abstracted the
human form focusing in particular on work from the 1950s to the present day using clay, drawing and installation. I have looked at how, over this period, artists have developed their own visual signifiers of the human form within their abstract/representational creations.

The aim of this research will be falls into two parts:

• To investigate how far one can push the human form in clay before it moves into
abstraction

• To locate the vanishing point where viewers still identify the human within ceramic
abstract sculpture

Qualification Name: MPhil
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W750 Clay and Stone Crafts
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W750 Clay and Stone Crafts > W751 Pottery
School or Centre: School of Material
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 15:49
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1348

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