A Fine Line

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By:emma rochester
Drawing, Mixed Media, Performance
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A Fine Line

Performative walk undertaken at A Fine Line, RMIT Graduate Drawing Exhibition. Melbourne. Australia. 2009.   Fabric, created from seismographs made by documenting car journeys around Mildura in rural victoria. These drawings were then used as the basis to  for the fabric which was then fashioned into corsets by a dressmaker. The sense of binding, wrapping, constraint of being and seeing place through gender centric eyes, is made dominant through these works. The corsets act as a new form of language. A way of creating interconnecting meaning between what happens in the studio and what happens externally to it. They act as memory maps, or markers between territories that were visited while working on art projects outside of the studio space. Hence the corsets are reminders of a feminine experience of territory, landscape and place. 'To be is to be in place' as Tuan wrote and how we experience a place is different for each and every person but with experience comes a set of un-assumed cultural norms which are not often investigated or understood. 'How is it that as a woman place is defined and understood by past histories that make up a part of the ancestoral eyes on which one gazes upon and walks through place?' This concept is the primary undercurrent that runs throughout my mapping work.  

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