Aesthetic experiences of making with paper: the (artist-infused) corner for under eight year olds

Phillips, Louise G. (2020) Aesthetic experiences of making with paper: the (artist-infused) corner for under eight year olds. In: Maarhuis, Patricia L., and Rud, A.G., (eds.) Imagining Dewey: artful works and dialogue about art as experience. Doing Arts Thinking: arts practice, research and education, 8 . Brill/Sense, Rotterdam, pp. 309-322.

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Artists bring heightened awareness of sensation and material qualities in the experience of making. In this chapter, I portray the sensate experience of making with paper spurred by artists as embedded living installations in The Corner—a play/making space for under eight year olds in the State Library of Queensland, Australia. I look closely at the experience of making as inherently connected to aesthetics (); in particular making with paper. Three artists make with paper on different days. Each brings different insights of the sensuous qualities and making capacities of paper.

Children and their families make with the artists. Intense focus is experienced. The unlimited possibilities of paper come to be known in a library—a place of books—preserved entities made of paper; yet, in The Corner of the library, paper can be reconfigured—is reconfigured—opening up the wonder of the aesthetic experience of mattering, imagining, and making with paper. Attention to sensation, matter and making were gathered through sensory ethnography (Pink, 2015), aesthetic sensibilities and understanding of the vibrancy of matter (). Performative accounts of artist making experiences with paper are shared to glean what happens in the experiences of making; what we come to sense, to know, to be and connect across generations and communities. Material literacies unfold.

Item ID: 65920
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-04-43806-4
Keywords: Dewey; play/making; children's libraries; paper
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Copyright Information: © 2021 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
Funders: The University of Queensland
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 06:40
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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