Title: Water

Copyright: © Alison Muir

Date Made: November 2007

Dimensions: (H) 33 cm, (W) 96 cm, (H) 13 inches, (W) 38 inches

Materials and Techniques: silk and cotton  fused appliqué machine and hand stitched

Photographer: Andy Payne Photographix

Caption: 'Water' was made as an example of imagetext as part of research in a Master of Design at COFA, University of NSW. In his book on Picture Theory, W.J. Thomas Mitchell (Mitchell 1994) defined 'Imagetext' designates composite concept works that combine image and text, and relations of the visual and the verbal. Imagetext has been further defined by Mitchell as illusionism and realism. Illusionism is the capacity of the pictures to deceive, delight, astonish and amaze or take power over the audience, as in Trompe-l'œil's ability to trigger a responsive experience under the guise of 'this is how things look'. Realism on the other hand is associated with the capacity of the picture to show the facts about things, the authorised, socially credible real perspective of 'this is the way things are'.

Awards and Collections: Collection of the Artist

Exhibitions: 'Relume' @ ATASDA conference, COFA September 2008, Journey's home in Textiles' Kudos Gallery 2009, 'Fathoming the depths' assessment exhibition for Master of Design (Hons) College Gallery 2010

Date compiled: 4 February 2011.

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