Postgraduate

Sampling the Self: A Fragmented Landscape

Sampling the Self: A Fragmented Landscape

Brenda Factor

MFA, 2009

Supervised by Wendy Parker & Leong Chan

Over the course of this studio based research project I explored several key themes that circulate around ideas of a fragmented self and the multiplicity of memory. My aim was to develop a body of work that entered into a dialogue with narratives of self: personal, inherited, or universal.

In pursuing my themes I created a visual language that evoked multiple configurations of memory, body and identity. I explored the issue of fragmentation through devices such as metaphor, repetition and reconfiguration. The notion of multiplicity permeates all my art works.

Abstract

The central theme of Sampling the Self is the notion of the fractured or fragmented self and its repeated reinvention through the context of artistic intervention. The aim of the studio research project has been to develop a body of work which functions as a vehicle for multiple reading of self and explores the notion of the fractured self – body and memory – via metaphoric devices such as fragmentation, repetition and reconfiguration.

In pursuing this theme I conceptualise a new visual vocabulary of self as fragmented, fluid, mutable and ultimately elusive. In my body of work I set out to create a dialogue of self – self in some of its many manifestations – that relies on multiple configurations of memory, body and identity. Repetition is used as a metaphor of both a fragmented memory and a fragmented self. Within the context of my installation works the multiple signifies loss or absence and functions as a memory fragment, a materialisation of how one event has so many differently remembered versions, within the archaeology of memory.

The final outcome of this research project is a coherent body of studio research; tangible artworks which are metaphoric, sometimes personal, at other time collective, explorations of the idea of the self and its many facets, and which will be displayed at Sydney’s COFA Gallery in 2009. This is accompanied by a written research document, the purpose of which is to provide a critical examination of the studio research produced for this MFA.

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Brenda at SquarePeg Studios

Brenda Factor

Brenda Factor, Family Portrait (trophies) (2009). Silicone and pins; variable dimensions. Photograph: Luminere Imaging

Brenda Factor, <i>Family Portrait (trophies)</i> (2009). Silicone and pins; variable dimensions. Photograph: Luminere Imaging
Brenda Factor, <i>To Frida with Love</i> (2009). Aluminium and spray paint; 50 x 175 cm. Photograph: Luminere Imaging
Brenda Factor, <i>Trophies I (from the Family Portrait Series)</i> (2008). Silicone and pins; 35 x 50 cm. Photograph: Luminere Imaging