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Anne MacDonald: Party


MacDonald, AL, Anne MacDonald: Party, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, 1/5, pp. 7 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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Children's birthday parties are important social rituals, and on the surface of things, joyous and festive celebrations of life. However, on another level, they are compelling indicators of time’s inexorable passing. Children's party decorations, food, gifts, games, toys and costumes alter each year with the age of the child. Their role extends beyond pure ornament and artifice to become symbolic of a transitory childhood world. Looking at children’s birthday parties as symbols of loss and impermanence, Party continues my exploration into the relationship between the photographic still life, transience and mortality. In this series I have recreated ephemeral banquet scenes of party cakes and decorations. The images record the aftermath of the party, when all the fun is over, the presents have been opened, the cake eaten and the guests have left.

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Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:still life
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Photography, video and lens-based practice
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:MacDonald, AL (Ms Anne MacDonald)
ID Code:89812
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2014-03-16
Last Modified:2018-02-06

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