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Making New Meaning through Art, Body and Metaphor

Burton, Carole (2015) Making New Meaning through Art, Body and Metaphor. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Burton, Carole

The thesis paper documents the role of metaphors in generating meaning through connection with the body, examined through the lens of my art practice. My research is informed by writing around body-based meaning-making (Lakoff, Johnson, Orbach et al.) and recent theory on the metaphoric and emotional nature of reasoning (Lakoff, Jackson). My examination is informed by a literature review including texts from cognitive science, linguistic philosophy, and neuroscience. I consider the deployment of my body within my art making in a study of how meaning is acquired in a whole-body process. Using a heuristic working method I relate these theories to the artworks produced including sculpture, video of performance, and photography. The thesis documents the process of making of artworks, and considerations of the body-based meanings that emerge. These reflections and artworks comprise a site of prospective new meaning-making for the viewer through my autobiographical and figurative art practice.

Date: April 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art-Based Research, Practice Based Research, Embodiment, Contemporary Art, Figurative Art, Performance Art, Metaphor, Body Knowledge
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 14:53
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 00:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/275

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