Perceptions of Art: Man and Nature - A Study Through Collaboration

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amanda Perrin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Richard Gay

Abstract: The project that I have completed to fulfill the thesis requirement for the Esther G. Maynor Honors College falls into the category of Creative or Non-Print Media Project. Conceptually this study concerns the way one artist views the work of another. No artist and subsequently no artwork exist within a vacuum. All artwork is an extension of the self of the artist by virtue of the creative process. I believe that sensory perception is strongly tied to experience and memory, and just as knowledge comes from learning, understanding comes from knowledge. I believe that the viewer comes to a separate self-awareness in interacting with the work resulting from another's creative process because of the way in which we define ourselves (and code experience) through our senses. We can only know that which we know. Because of this the creative process of another can only be understood through one's own personal knowledge, which results in the interpretation of said creative work.After placing the work of another within one's own conceptual framework, we seek to place this understanding within academic sensibilities. That is, we place our interpretation within the frameworks of society and history, lending legitimacy or perhaps criticism to the work so that idea becomes text, text becomes instruction, and instruction leads back to understanding. Dialogue is essential here. Dialogue with the art object, dialogue with the artist's intention, and dialogue with the theory and writings of art critics are all equally valuable in this process. But what would happen if this process were reversed? What if education and knowledge of experience inspire the text and is presented to the viewer without the intermediary creative artwork, in effect, removing that connection between the viewer and the artist? Is it still possible to illicit a creative response from the viewer, and if so, what then will result when I attempt to place these creative responses back into the frameworks and texts from which they came?My thesis addresses these issues as well as places my work within the context of definitions of art and various art modalities. It deals with relationships between viewer and viewed, learned and learned, and seeks to demonstrate a synthesis of my experiences and education while in the Art Department at UNCP.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2008
Art, Artist, Creative Process, Criticism, Artistic Dialogue,

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