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Enclosure Movement: Comparative Dwelling and Embodiment

Carew, Valerie (2016) Enclosure Movement: Comparative Dwelling and Embodiment. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Carew, Valerie

This thesis conceptualizes the home as a practice-led research site in which to investigate a mergence between the reclusive, interior domestic realm and the outer natural world. Hand fabricated wearable textile forms express this interplay with the use of reclaimed household fabrics, embodiment and performance. These pieces combine sensory isolation as a metaphor for reclusion with biomimetic role-play featuring neighbouring organisms in fallow farm field ecosystems, which exhibit insulating behaviours similar to our human domestic versions. This thesis asks: How do natural communities resist human borders and constraints? How might we emulate these natural processes as acts of subversion to isolating normative social structures? Can performative mimicry of the natural world contribute to social and environmental connectivity? This work is a practice in comparative dwelling which considers persistent housing development in southern Ontario, and describes an effort to navigate constructed notions of the ideal home and family.

Date: 8 May 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: MFA Thesis Paper Keywords: Ecosophy, Biomimicry, Dwelling, Domesticity, Fibre Arts
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 14:49
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:45
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/625

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