Referencing Rodin's 'Pierre Wiessant'

Brown, G. James (2012) Referencing Rodin's 'Pierre Wiessant'. [Creative Work]

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Referencing Rodin's 'Pierre Wiessant' by G. James Brown are two drawings executed as contemporary responses to the long tradition of interpretative artworks. The drawings address a plaster cast fragment of Rodin's 'Pierre Wiessant' from the standpoint of a contemporary North Queensland artist's perception of the interpretive treatment of the portrayed subject. By design, the drawing is a point of comparison between European practices in the nineteenth century in translating plaster casts into drawings and the artist's personal art practice.

Research Statement

Research Background These drawings are an extension of my ongoing interest in examining relationships between current approaches in the Creative Arts (with a focus on North Queensland art practices) and historical precedents (with a focus on early European and English printmakers). I am fascinated how the motivations (e.g. choice of topic, subject and disposition of subject material) and technical processes (e.g. rendering styles, medium and format) are driven by culture, social issues and location (amongst others) and how these forces play significant roles in the creative process. The juxtaposition of my artworks with the prints by early artists highlights this concern with finding congruence and points of separation of artistic approach.
Research Contribution These drawings contribute to current research by helping to define some key attributes of current art practice in North Queensland. By intention, the drawing clarifies some of the differences separating the practice of a North Queensland artist from those of early European printmakers, particularly the interpretative drawings and prints of Rodin's sculpture, 'Pierre Wiessant.'
Research Significance These drawings are most likely the first to draw pictorial and conceptual connections between the working practices of a contemporary North Queensland artist using carbonised lemon juice and pictorial evidence perceived in interpretative drawings and prints of Rodin's 'Pierre Wiessant.'
Item ID: 24016
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Lemon juice and ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 57 cm
Keywords: Rodin, interpretation, drawing, lemon juice, plaster cast
Additional Information:

This work was exhibited in "From Model to Image" a solo exhibition by James Brown. 4-6 May 2012, eMerge Gallery, SoCA, James Cook University, Townsville. View the exhibition record at

Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 04:30
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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