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Leaf Love

Barnett, Deborah (2021) Leaf Love. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Barnett, Deborah

My auto-ethnographic, in-practice creative thesis Leaf Love, explores the parameters of what it is to be encased in ‘experienced’ female skin. I draw upon the techniques of lived-experience as a literary publisher and fine press printer to create unconventional book objects representing the body ego. In reflexive dialogue with the structures that emerge, this material research aims to disrupt values and standards inherent in book culture and in the perceptions of the body as we know and accept them.
The title Leaf Love, asks for reflection to our roots in nature to initialize space for new beginnings. Leaf Love is a hands-on inquiry into obscurity, transparency, intimacy, and the visceral nature of the body through process, and shares the affect born in repetition and endurance. By addressing ways of intervening on text, creating references to skin in my book objects, and interrogating the dated parameters still resonant in book making, I present my research outcomes with the purpose of stimulating active reconsideration of hegemonic constructs of love and loss.

Date: 7 May 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: material research, autoethnography, skin, abject, origins, stitchery, literary letterpress, Claudia Benthien, Elizabeth Grosz, Astride Lorange, Gertrude Stein, feminism, sculpture, multidisciplinary, books and media, paper, art of the book, artists’ books
Divisions: Graduate Studies
Date Deposited: 07 May 2021 18:44
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 20:45
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3382

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