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Creating a space of enchantment; thread as a narrator of the feminine.

Kettle, Alice Margaret (2016) Creating a space of enchantment; thread as a narrator of the feminine. Doctoral thesis (PhD), Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

This thesis is a practice led reflection on a selection of creative artwork produced between 2003 and 2015. An analytical commentary indicates how eight publications — artwork publicly exhibited and recorded in published catalogues comprising of Odyssey series (2003); Odyssey and Odyssey-Hermes and the Lotos-Eaters, Looking Forwards to the Past (2007), Heads Series (2008-10); Rupt, Sol and Cor, Pause and Pause ll (2009), Alice Kyteler (2010), The Garden of England (2012); Flower Helix, Flower-Bed and Portrait of Henrietta Maria, Loss (2011); Homage to Guernica (2011) Paradise Lost (2010), Golden Dawn; Golden Dawn (2014) and The Dog Loukanikos and the Cat’s Cradle (2015) — contribute to the knowledge of enchantment in the field of art. I have examined enchantment as a mode of artistic engagement explored under the themes of narrative, the feminine and materiality. The publications examine how enchantment operates within narrative figurative art, focusing on how it is manifested in women’s artistic practice of the past century, and in my own artistic practice.

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