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Environmental Art Installation

This video is a walk through (as the viewer would experience it) of my PhD installation which consisted of sculptural ceramics installed in the natural environment at my property in Dunnstown, Victoria, Australia.
The research and subsequent installation was based within a feminist framework, supported by the theories of new physics and evolutionary psychology which purports recognition of universal symbols and universal connections.
Clay was used as an organic material to capture the innate connections and nuances that humans have to the environment.
Installation as an art method was used to create an environment which could act as a conduit to the viewer re-establishing their inborn understanding of their place in the universe.

My actual PhD can also be downloaded or read online at or at the University of Ballarat.


12 thoughts on “Environmental Art Installation

  1. Hi Dawn

    We can hear this, birds singing but cannot see a video.

    Something wrong ?

    kind regards

    Posted by | January 30, 2013, 8:55 pm
  2. Hi there pljacobs πŸ™‚
    The video is working for me when I load the page and I also was able to load it from a mobile device – my tablet… both use different browsers…. so maybe it was a glitch? perhaps try again. If you still have no luck the youtube link is

    Let me know how you go…. πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 30, 2013, 11:55 pm
  3. Hi, nice soft organics, I enjoyed the walk looking at your pieces. Can your pieces remain outside in the cold or does it not snow where you live? We have themes in common, connection to nature the body and installation of grouped forms. Please have alook at my website and please like my facebook page Anne Alexander sculptor.

    Posted by Anne Alexander | February 1, 2013, 11:15 pm
  4. This is really lovely work Dawn! Liked the walk through the space too!

    Posted by sydney | February 8, 2013, 2:06 am
  5. Hi Dawn,
    the forms are really of closed caracter: are women like that? Preferrably you chose more open ceramic shapes to represent the feminin. Nice idea to make an installation with ceramics. Best wishes Mariska (sculptor, the Netherlands)

    Posted by Mariska Zevenbergen | February 13, 2013, 7:08 pm
    • Hi Mariska, thanks for your comments… yes the forms are quite closed… the forms themselves – which can be considered sexual where also based on universal symbols such as spirals and abstract shapes in the landscape which evolutionary psychologists we have evolved to recognise. The feminist aspect of the installation was more about the size and construction of the artwork and installation – small, close to the Earth, etc. Whereas historically sculpture has been patriarchal and in that context also monumental.

      hope this is helpful πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 13, 2013, 7:49 pm


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