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Master Thesis

Dans l’œil de Nancy Holt : conscience du regard et conscience de soi

Abstract : In this thesis, the point is to study the gaze to understand how Nancy Holt manages to connect the viewer and the landscape, and in the end how this gaze reflect the viewer himself. The artist doesn't only show a bucolic landscape through her sculptures, her definition of the Land Art is more complex than it appears. She decides to show multiple things : tangible elements of Nature, such as the sky ; elements somewhat abstract like historic dates linked to the cosmos' way of working ; finally totally abstract elements as the visual infinity or the temporal infinity and their limits. All of this is underline by visual devices, which have been built according to a tedious and sophisticated plan. With these devices the artist sets the pieces of game of perception by : pointing precise landmarks, extracting them of their close environment, and focusing all the attention of the viewer on those images. The sculptures are conceived to protect the viewer and his gaze, their made just for him and even by him : they have the proportion of the human body (human scale), and ask for visual and physical participation… By experiencing this type of work of art fixed on the site by the landscape and the stars, the viewer access to the perception of the cosmos. The sculpture are not only referring to the endlessly vast, but they are also referring to the infinitely human. They hand a mirror to the viewer and the artist herself, showing them their inside-landscape. The sculptures' tunnels are the link between the world and the viewer, they set him into the flux of instant and time : the circular elements are connecting back the human being into Nature.
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Camille Maisons. Dans l’œil de Nancy Holt : conscience du regard et conscience de soi. Art et histoire de l'art. 2014. ⟨dumas-01147618⟩



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