Paul Uhlmann




Edith Cowan University, Australia


Paul is an artist who works across many areas of investigation including; the artist's book; drawing; printmaking; painting and photography. All of these areas of focus intersect with each other to at times, create new hybrid forms. He is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Art, RMIT. His practice-led PhD research project seeks to find ways to create immersive painting installations to invoke contemplation of immanence, interconnectedness and impermanence in the mind of the viewer. Paul has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He graduated with a BA (Visual Arts) from the Canberra School of Art in 1983 and was awarded a DAAD scholarship to study printmaking in Germany (1986-87). After graduating with a MA (Visual Arts) from ANU in 1993 he was awarded an International Samstag Scholarship in 1994 to study painting in Holland (1995-96). In 2005 he participated in a national survey of printmaking, Print Matters, 30 years of the Shell Fremantle Print Award. In 2006 his work was curated into a national survey of painting at the TarraWarra Biennial 2006, Parallel Lives: Australian Painting Today. He has recently exhibited at the RMIT Project Space / Spare Room. He has lectured in Visual Art at the Australian National University (1989,1991-93), Monash University (2007) and Edith Cowan University since 1996 and is currently coordinator of printmaking studio at Edith Cowan University in Perth.


becoming imperceptible: drawing as a way of understanding interconnectedness with all living beings


This paper is a meditation where my aim is to outline why feeling and contemplation are important to the processes of making drawings and to the activity of viewing and evaluating works of art. Extending out from this research is the recognition of 'feeling' as inherently possessing subtle methods of communication, which may help us gain a deeper understanding of our profound sense of interconnectedness to all living beings.  In an attempt to illuminate these concerns I will consider examples of work from Caspar David Friedrich (1774 -1840), Kimsooja (1957 -), as well as my own work. This argument will be conceptually supported through selected concepts of Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995), Charles Birch (1918-2009) and Clive Hamilton (1953 - ). The work from this paper emerges out of my visual arts practice-led research for my PhD at RMIT.


Tuesday 27 September


3:30pm - 5.00pm






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