The body: Kaleidoscopics of aging

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This thesis is an exploration of the pertinent issues regarding the human body, self and cognition. Through studio work, installation and experiment, I investigate questions of process, materialit y and specifically in terms of their relationship to the exploration and exploitation of the self. However, it discusses and investigates the invincible extension of the mind within cultural context, history and now, as a matrix of different things coming together in one piece. Moreover, how is space conceived of? Where does spatiality reside? While some think space as a void, others think it as a product, still, others think it as a process of inhabiting location. The Body: Kaleidoscopics of Aging is a studio -based research which investigates spatiality of the body. It explored process and entity involving subjective spatiality . The enquiry is made with the assumption that spatiality is embedded in the social construct of the mind. With reference to thinkers such as Merleau-Ponty, Kant, Lefebvre, spatiality is understood here neither as static nor passive but as active where the human subject is interfaced with, penetrates or radicalizes an already named or emplaced location. In this research, the consciousness of the mind and cognition were subjectively discussed. Works of Chintan Upadhyay, David Černý, Marc Quinn, Ron Mueck, among others are examined and discussed in the context of the human body with regards to aging, spatial subjectivity, and how it has been investigated artistically. A look is re-taken at everyday occurrences and situations ; a body of works is raised to articulate this concept of spatial subjectivity. Fibreglass, resins, pigments etc form the materiality base for the studio analysis to the respondent issues at stake
A thesis submitted to the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of fine art,