Transforming Viewpoints: To Mix Metaphors in the Field of Painting

By Ann Schilo and Anna Sabadini.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Visual art has the capacity to not only change the way a person sees the world but also how she might interpret and understand her engagement with the surrounding culture and environment. For the artist, this transformation manifests itself through the daily practice of art making from the rituals of studio, with its intensity of focus on visualisation, to the archive of conceptual concerns where ideas, theoretical frameworks and the histories of art conjoin their voices to underpin the works in progress. For the viewer, the resultant artwork has a propensity to reveal alternative ways of appreciating her everyday life.
Weaving together ideas drawn from diverse fields such as feminist aesthetics, philosophy, geography and art history, this paper seeks an understanding of the various dimensions of artistic transformation. Through an investigation of the work of Western Australian artist/scholar, Anna Sabadini and her use of metaphors in painting, it proposes a way of perceiving that subverts the authority of the gaze offering viewpoints that destabilise established binaries and conventional categorizations.

Keywords: Visual Arts, Studio Practice, Feminist Aesthetics, Painting

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.13-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 20.203MB).

Dr. Ann Schilo

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia

Dr. Ann Schilo works in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University. Ann’s teaching and research concerns intersect in various areas and follow a number of key themes surrounding contemporary art theory and practice. She is particularly interested in the areas of folk material culture, women’s artistic practices, feminist art theory and the visualisation of place. As an experienced supervisor, she has also developed an ongoing concern for best practice in the delivery of postgraduate research programs and is recognised for her work in the area of creative production theses. As well as contributing to national and international conferences through the presentation of papers, Ann writes for many local and national art journals and catalogues.

Dr. Anna Sabadini

Independent Artist/Scholar, Curtin University, Albany, WA, Australia

Dr. Anna Sabadini graduated from Curtin University with a Doctorate in Creative Arts in 2007 and is establishing a promising career as an emerging artist scholar with a growing national reputation. She was selected for the Art off the Wall exhibitions in Brisbane and Melbourne in 2008 and is represented by key galleries in Australia. Underscored by her location as a woman artist living in regional Western Australia, her work engages in questions surrounding her Italian heritage, Australian culture, philosophy and art history/theory. Her first novel Father was short listed for the Tom Hungerford Prize in 2005. Anna contributes essays and reviews to a number of national journals.


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