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Master of Arts


Visual Arts


This document examines a number of conceptual approaches to an ink-based art practice associated with the tradition of Chinese shuimo. The paper seeks meaningful ways to engage an art practice focused on ink’s tactility and materiality. It begins by mapping out a direction to develop a conceptually sound basis for such a practice. This is followed by an exploration of ink’s manufacturing history in the Chinese context. The methods of ink’s production reveal a materially destructive aspect that ultimately leads to a process of transformation. The burning of natural resources to make ink prompts an investigation into ink’s material, Shingly” character. A section of Martin Heidegger’s The Origin of the Work of Art is discussed in the third chapter in relation to my seeking of a renewed approach to ink practice. Concrete, ink-related examples are provided in the fourth and fifth chapters to demonstrate the applicability of the concepts explored



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