Current Postgraduate Research

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Warren Andrews

Harriet Fesq

Lesa-Belle Furhagen

Anne Gérard-Austin

Amelia Groom

Stephen C J Holford

Rachelle Johnston

Dapeng Liu

Yvonne Low

Georgina Macneil

Rhiannon Paget

Kate Robertson

Graham Southwell

Maria C Tornatore-Loong

Robert Wellington

 


Warren Andrews

Master of Arts (Research)
Irrational architecture in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione
I propose to argue that the Carceri were designed as experiments in architectural space, that they are projections that raise questions about the very nature of architectural representation. My aim is to understand the compositional issues the Carceri provoke and to explore the ambiguous relationship they forge between architecture and pictoriality.

Harriet Fesq

Doctor of Philosophy
Wupun/Warrgadi: Ngani weaving and the art of Peppimenarti
This dissertation examines the history and contemporary artistic practice of the Ngan’gi language groups of the Peppimenarti community (NT), within the greater context of Indigenous Top-End weaving design and acrylic painting. The dissertation endeavours to answer the question: 'How does Ngan'gi weaving design and pattern construction reconceptualise cultural significance?' The research traces a 'traffic' of historical and contemporary Ngan’gi objects, and the succession of significances they have held for colonial and/or Indigenous makers, collectors and audiences. The dissertation also investigates cognate practices within Indigenous Australian textile and fibre art, illuminating the processes behind the construction of designs and the cultural, social and historical meanings they communicate. Finally, this study acts as a repositioning of the prevailing theories of significance within contemporary Indigenous art, arguing for a re-evaluation of pattern design within the woven and painted forms of the Ngan'gi artists.

Teaching
2013. Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art
2011. Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art

Lesa-Belle Furhagen

Doctor of Philosophy
The Australian Landscape: A Peculiar Trip-Wire into the Sublime
Lesa-Belle Furhagen’s background includes the study of religion, by way of a Bachelor of Divinity from London University (2006), where her principal focus was on the role of religion in art history. This inspired her to undertake a Master of Arts (Art History & Theory) from Sydney University that she completed in 2010 with merit. Her interest in the sublime and transcendent has continued and converged with her interest in religious art history, in particular the strands that have had an impact on Australian art and artists.
Lesa-Belle’s professional background has also enriched her relationship with Australian contemporary art. She has held senior positions in the Australian theatre and film industries including an administrative position for the Australian National Playwrights Conference (1983), administrative associate at the Theatre Workshop at Sydney University (1984), where she also co-produced a number of independent productions. In the same year she assumed the role of assistant administrator at The Performance Space. In 1985 she worked as publicist and sponsorship coordinator for the Belvoir St Theatre and in 1986 she became the publicist for Film Australia and was instrumental in the revitalization of the national film unit.
In addition Lesa-Belle has over fifteen years experience in the media industry in Australia. She co-founded Front Publishers, which secured the license to publish Rolling Stone in Australia in 1987. She also went on to hold the position of Managing Director of Terraplane Press and Terraplanet Limited from 1990-2000. She is currently a board member of The Blake Society who administers The Blake Prize.

Conference Papers
2012. 'A Gaze Turned Upside Down and On Itself'. A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium Artworlds, Australian National University

Anne Gérard-Austin

Doctor of Philosophy
Australian artists in Paris Salons, 1885-1939
(cotutelle with the University of Paris Sorbonne)

Amelia Groom

Doctor of Philosophy
'Omote wo Utsu' ('To Strike the Surface')/masks, surfaces, shadows and layers in Japanese aesthetics

Stephen C J Holford

Doctor of Philosophy
The Chapels of Jean Cocteau

Rachelle Johnston

Doctor of Philosophy
Performing Power and Prestige: the great fêtes in the gardens of Versailles

Dapeng Liu

Doctor of Philosophy
Resurrection of a doyen - the art and life of Sun Zhijun 1907-1966
This dissertation examines the art and life of a largely forgotten Chinese artist Sun Zhijun (1907-1966). As one of the precursory manhua/cartoon artists in China, he produced satirical cartoon and comics as well as lianhuanhua/palm-sized picture books. Professionally trained in Western-style painting in the first officially established national art academy in Beijing, China in the late 1920s, Sun was already an active member in the art circle and worked closely with his schoolfellows such as Li Kuchan (1899-1983), Wang Senran (1895-1984) and Zhao Wangyun (1906-1977) - all of whom later became renowned artists. During the Republican period of China (1912-1949), Sun had an unusually long manhua career lasting from 1927 to 1949, in which he produced more than three thousand pieces. Sun was also a prominent artist of lianhuanhua or palm-sized picture books in Post-1949 China, leaving more than thirty volumes of published books containing several thousand pages of drawings. Nevertheless, Sun was silenced by the party-state in 1951. He suffered as a victim of the first criticism campaign in the cultural sphere in Post-1949 China, the criticism of the movie The Life of Wu Xun, initiated by the then Chairman of China Mao Zedong (1893-1976). Despite being silenced, the quality and the amount of Sun’s extant works as well as the many records of his active involvement in the artistic circles during the first half of the twentieth century testify to his significance. This dissertation will be the first monograph on the art and life of the artist in both the Chinese and non-Chinese scholarship.

Teaching
2012. ARHT2645 China: Art and Empire

Conference papers
2013 (forthcoming). 'Beijing Manhua and the Japanese Occupation of Beijing 1937-1945
2013. China Studies Association Australia Biennial Conference, The University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
2012. A Forgotten Artist and the Wu Xun Controversy: Post 1949 China’s Opening Criticism Campaign in the Cultural Sphere
2012. 12th Annual Research Postgraduate Conference, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Yvonne Low

Doctor of Philosophy
Women Becoming Artists: In the modern art systems of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
My research is a comparative study on the social history of women becoming artists from three Southeast Asian countries. It aims to examine the patterns found in the socio-reality of women artists operating within set conditions at the turn of the twentieth century to explore the issue of exclusion - instead of asking why have Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia not left behind more legacies of great women artists, this thesis asks what have women artists been doing? Through the use of historical materials, empirical studies and case studies, this thesis aims to delineate a history about women artists who have succeeded in circumventing gender and to identify the patterns that have emerged from these historical circumstances as they overcame the gendered obstacles that are rooted within the respective art systems. The objective is to recover precisely those historical circumstances - and not merely the women artists - that were forgotten.

Teaching
2011. School of Art, Design and Media (NTU Singapore) ADM 210 Introduction to Asian Art I
2010. School of Art, Design and Media (NTU Singapore) ADM 215 Introduction to Asian Art II

Conference Papers
2013 (forthcoming). 'Becoming Malaya's Modern Artists: Re-examining the role of Lai Foong Moi and the 'Colony Artists', Paper Presentation for Panel, The Privileged and the Popular: Alternative communities and the aesthetics of the Asian Nation, International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) 24-27 June 2013, Macau
2009. 'Speaking of Art', 2009 International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH 2009), NTU, Singapore, 9-10 October 2009
2009. 'Positioning Singapore's Contemporary Art', Third International Conference on Southeast Asia ICONSEA 2009, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 8-9 December 2009

Publications
2012. 'Remembering Nanyang Feng ge' in ed. Majella Munro, Modern Art Asia Issues 1-8, (UK: Enzoarts, 2012) pp. 229-261
2012. 'Making Space in Art History: 4 Objects of Art' in ed. T.K. Sabapathy, Intersecting Histories: Contemporary Turns in Southeast Asian Art (Singapore: Nanyang Technological University, 2012) pp. 86-105
2012. 'Don’t Sit on Me: Cheo Chai-Hiang' [Web Review], ArtAsiaPacific, May 2012 (http://www.artasiapacific.com/Magazine/WebExclusives/DontSitOnMeCheoChaiHiang)
2011. 'Positioning Singapore's Contemporary Art' in Journal of Maritime Geopolitics and Culture, 2(1&2), 2011, 115-137.
2011. 'Artists In Transition' [Exhibition Review], C-Arts, Feb. 2011
2009. 'Cheo Chai-Hiang: Cash Convertor', The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, (Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 2009), pp. 76-77.
2009. 'Re-Introducing Ng Yat-Chuan: Right at Home' in Right at Home: Drawings and Prints by Ng Yat-Chuan (exhibition catalogue) (Singapore: National Institute of Education, 2009), pp. 13-16.

Georgina Macneil

Doctor of Philosophy
The significance of the youthful John the Baptist in paintings of the Virgin and Child from Florence, 1445-1510

Rhiannon Paget

Doctor of Philosophy
Komuro Suiun (1874-1945) and the making of literati painting in modern Japan

Conference Papers
2013. 'Consummating the ideal: nanga artists’ travels in China and Korea, 1912-1944', International Japanese Modern Art History Symposium (JAMAHS): New Boundaries in Modern Japanese Art History: Extending Geographical, Temporal and Generic Paradigms, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, London, UK, 19–20 Jun 2013.
2013. 'Ink and the Politics of Memory: Komuro Suiun’s Travel Paintings of China and Korea,' International Convention of Asia Scholars, Macao, PRC, 24–27 June 2013.
2012. '小室翠雲 (1874-1945) と日本における近代南画' [Komuro Suiun (1874–1945) and Literati Painting in Modern Japan], 10th International Workshop on Japanese Art History for Graduate Students (JAWS), Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 19 August 2012.
2011. 'Raising Subjects: Visualising Children and Childhood in Meiji Japan,' Association for Asian Studies Conference, Honolulu, HI, 2 April 2011.
2009. 'Gender and the Spectacle of Childhood,' International Convention of Asia Scholars, Daejeon, South Korea, 8 August 2009.
2009. 'Ukiyo-e and Shin-hanga,' Community Ambassadors’ Lecture Series, Art Gallery of NSW, Australia, 3 June 2009.
2008. 'Pornography and Propaganda,' Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, 5 December 2008.

Selected publications
2012. 'Erotic Genji Fantasies,' in: Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Edited by Andreas Marks, with essays by Bruce Coats, Michael Emmerich, Susanne Formanek, Sepp Linhart, and Rhiannon Paget. Leiden: Hotei, 2012, pp. 54–67.
'New Literati: Fukuda Kodojin and Early 20th Century Nanga,' TAASA Review 21 (2), June 2012, pp. 12–14.
2011. 'Raising Subjects: Visual Representations of Children and Childhood in Meiji Japan,' New Voices 4 (Japan Foundation), March 2011, pp. 1–31.
2010. 'Kodakara and kamuro,' in: Utamaro: Hymn to Beauty. Edited by Khanh Trinh, with essays and catalogue entries by Alexander Hofmann, Rhiannon Paget, and Khanh Trinh. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, 2010, pp. 34–40.
2010. Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy. Written by Rhiannon Paget, edited by Andreas Marks. Hanford: The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, 2010.

Kate Robertson

Doctor of Philosophy
The Expatriate Experience: Australian artists abroad 1890-1914

Graham Southwell

Masters by Research
The South Bronze Entrance Doors of the Mitchell Library Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy
Jean Mary Bellette: Art and Life

Robert Wellington

Doctor of Philosophy
The Visual Histories of Louis XIV
This dissertation presents an innovative interpretation of objects and images that record events from the reign of seventeenth-century French King Louis XIV (1638-1715). The analysis of a broad range of media alongside archival evidence demonstrates the substantive role that images played in the production of the King’s history in an endeavor that spanned fifty-five years of this monarch’s personal rule. Initiated in the early 1660s by the surintendent des bâtiments du roi Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-83), it is my contention that this project was brought about by a ‘material turn’ in the interpretation of history in this period. Scholars have shown that at this time historical skeptics challenged the authority of textual accounts of history and turned to material culture as a more reliable source of evidence of the past. I aver that this interpretive model had implications for the documentation of the King’s history in Louis XIV’s France, when the objects of antiquarian study, particularly medals, became an important source of inspiration for new commissions in the arts.

Historical skeptics in the ancien-régime called for history to be grounded in empirical evidence, which saw a rejection of literary sources in favor artifacts but also of eyewitness testimony. A new reading of the role of visual culture in the production of history is made here through the analysis of lesser-known artifacts alongside key monuments. Presented in two parts, the first section of this study addresses the role of antiquarianism in the production of new visual histories of the King. The second considers the role of eyewitness testimony in the development of a new veristic mode of imaging by Louis XIV’s court artist Adam Franz Van der Meulen.

Teaching
2013. ARHT6935 The Art Museum: Past, Present and Future, guest Lecturer
2012. ARHT2612 Baroque Courts
2010. ARHT1001 Art and Experience
2010. ARHT6936 Biennales, Triennales & Contemporary Art
2010. ARHT2618 French Art, Salon to Impressionism
2010. ARHT1001 Art and Experience.

Conference Papers
2012. 'The Petite Académie and the Visual Histories of Louis XIV.'. (and session convenor, 'Mediating Visual Histories') AAANZ Annual conference, July, 2012.
2011. 'The frontispiece for Médailles sur les Principaux Événements du Règne de Louis Le Grand, 1702,' David Nichol Smith conference in Eighteenth-century Studies, July, 2011.
2010. 'An Eyewitness to Absolutism: ideology, history and memory in the work of Adam-Franz Van der Meulen,' 17th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization, July 2010.
2009. 'Mapping the King’s Victory: A Printed Image of Louis XIV’s Conquest of Lille,' AAANZ Annual Conference, November 2009.

Publications
2014 (forthcoming). 'Chorography and siege views in the visual histories of Louis XIV,' in Pieter Martens (ed.) Siege Views. Picturing Cities at War in Europe, 1450-1700 (proposed to Ashgate).
2011. 'The cartographic origins or Adam-Franz van der Meulen’s Marly Cycle,' in Print Quarterly, vol. 28, No. 2.