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dc.contributor.author Hall E en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:11:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:11:37Z
dc.date.submitted 1976 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/22722
dc.description.abstract The well known story of the child who, while playing with match-sticks, became deeply absorbed in the game (imagining that they were Hansel, Gretel and the witch) is revealing. Actual fear was aroused when the "witch" match suddenly threatened her with the potential danger of a witch. Concentration leads the individual to an hypnotic state where he (now speaking of the artist) transforms his medium so that when it "becomes" the subject, e.g. a tree or an animal, or remains objectively paint., the emotional physicality of everyday involvement with that subject arises suddenly, as did the fear in the child. Yet repetition of such a "game" dissolves interest if it remains constantly within the level of interaction and does not achieve intensification and actual change. It is the subject chosen, once the paint application has reached a point where it is personally believable for the artist, which becomes the vehicle for change and intensification. It acts as an area of darkness which, when concentrated, immerses consciousness and breaks open the possibility of chance in the subconscious where the integration of the personal and the universal is the germ of growth. The beginning is an accumulation of knowledge from immediate experience and so it is appropriate to begin with the artists of the present day who have painted, in some way or another, the animal. Arthur Boyd exhibits curious and personal paintings. When the animal appears - mostly in landscape - it is permeated with a sense of being a product of the plant-growth rather than dominating it. He also developed the story of Nebuchadnezzar into his own personal subject. Francis Bacon's paintings bring the animal into the environment of the city. It is transformed into an expression which contrasts with the inanimateness of the background. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Fine arts and History of art en
dc.subject Theory en
dc.title The animal image in art en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA(Fine Arts) en

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