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Shaun Wilson: Death of the Father


Bywaters, M, Shaun Wilson: Death of the Father, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5, (9(1)) pp. 23-36. ISSN 2220-8488 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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The subject of this article is Shaun Wilson, an Australian visual artist who is recognised for his video artworks that focus upon images of home and domestic space. Wilsonís artworks signify family and, through memory, are manifestations of house and home. I will demonstrate how Wilson has used the art of memory (a memory technique attributed to the ancient Greek poet Simonides of Ceos) as a creative tool to position his art in the Australian domestic space. Wilsonís video artworks originate from a specific event in his life: the death of his much-loved father, Peter, in 1999. In the process I believe Wilson has created a new video version of the Australian house and home, one scripted on the continual understanding of coming to terms with his fatherís death. To demonstrate this hypothesis, I will discuss Wilsonís pivotal interpretation of the impact of his fatherís death, Uber Nocturnus Acts I to IV, 2008. In the Uber Nocturnus series Shaun Wilson is presenting memory as a false recollection; the viewer recalls these images but now these are remixed and transported to a different time. Dark and foreboding in style, these videos explore the other side of the domestic space, the betrayal of family.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Father, death, memory, home, family
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual Arts and Crafts
Research Field:Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
UTAS Author:Bywaters, M (Dr Malcom Bywaters)
ID Code:105031
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2015-12-03
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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