|To Occupy a Different State of Mind|
Hong Wan Tham
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, 2013 (May) Teachers College Columbia University Ed.D. Dissertations, Historical Dissertations
Tags: contemporary Chinese Art, Identity, socio-cultural, Studio Art
Description/Abstract: This is a case study that focuses on the socio-cultural and historical contexts that influenced the studio art practice of three Post-80s Generation student artists attending the Chinese Art School in Beijing. This study is grounded on the idea that the creation of art is determined by an interplay between multiple factors within the milieu (of what makes it understood to be "art" by the majority) and their influence on the artistic creation, which is non-assertive and invariably established in relation to others that happen to share and coexist within this processual context of doing and learning art making. On the other hand, the notion of a context in this study refers to a notion of "genealogies" where contexts are distanced from descriptions based on a horizontal platform or a lineal chain of events. Rather, in line with the methods that emerge from arts research and practice, this project operates on a "messy" yet sensible horizon of interconnections that transcend fixed notions of time and space.
While sixteen participants took part in data collection, the main focus is reserved to three student-artists. Data collection was conducted in the month of June in 2010 and 2011. Interviews and studio visits were the two methods applied for data collection. Data or narratives collected from the three research participants pertaining to the development of their studio art practices provided three avenues of interpretation: first, through the students' own idiosyncratic accounts of their work and their student experience; secondly, through the lens of art as a collective entity from both the perspective of the participants and the researcher; and last, through a summative analysis, offering a number of possible explanations.
Through an analysis of the students' artistic production and their art educational experience, this study aims at offering art educators, both within as well as outside China, with a discussion that illustrates the history and the stories of the Post-80s Generation student artists in the Chinese Art School.