The Phenomenological Study of an Art Process

By Duygu Beykal.

Published by The Arts Collection

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After moving from Turkey to Australia, I found myself in a totally different cultural setting which gave me the opportunity to look back at my origin and make an analysis of it free from all strings attached. Reflecting on this analysis; in my work, I wanted to express hand signs and their depended meanings to different cultures through the medium of sculpture, video and drawings.
This paper aims to understand the interrelations between the artist’s (my) lived body (including the experience of transcultural relocation) and the art work and to see if these interrelations are beneficial. The analysis will be realized through Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of phenomenology; using the concepts of lived body, perception, style, and art process.
The intertwined, tangled relationship of the artist’s lived body and art work is a complex one to untangle and an important one to see how the life and works of an artist nourish each other positively.

Keywords: Lived-Body, Phenomenology, Art Process, Cultural Readings, Levels of Perception

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.7-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.996MB).

Duygu Beykal

Graduate Student, Sculpture, Performance and Installation, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), Sydney, NSW, Australia

Born in 1985, Ankara, Turkey. After graduating from Uskudar American Academy, she completed her BA in Sabanci University (Visual arts and Visual Communication Design Program), Istanbul, Turkey. Subsequently, she received merit scholarships for postgraduate study (Fulbright Scholarship from USA and Endeavour Award from Australia). Currently she is a postgraduate student in Master of Studio Art program in Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia. Most of her works are clear and self-explatory at first sight, but include deeper visual and intellectual content. Whether it is an installation of a table cloth decorated with plastic houseware images, or a gigantic coffee cup to read the future from, or an installation of a plaster crocodile with a shoe, all her works combine easthetics and local cultural elements with a call for thinking over the spots that are missed because of the fast pace of daily life.


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