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Bronwyn McMillin (author)
Emily Carr University of Art and Design Graduate Studies (Degree granting institution)
This paper chronicles my thesis research into memory, place and painting. I focus my research on the disused homestead of Demetri Cabin on Saltspring Island, and use this paper to introduce the reader to the site. Using two distinctive voices, one narrative and one scholarly, my writing engages the reader in a lyrical tour of Demetri Cabin while simultaneously tracing my path between site and studio. In the first part of the document, I outline my early painted works and their connection to mediated technology. From here, I follow the conception and creation of Walking in the Dark Paintings, a body of work developed in direct response to Demetri Cabin. Finally, I end the paper by discussing my relationship to installation and theatricality, two elements that featured heavily in my thesis exhibition. Written from a reflective position, I use this paper to illuminate the network of references and meaning that brought together the mediums of sculpture and painting in my thesis installation, and ruminate on the success and intention of this gesture.
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