Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), School of Visual Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

First Advisor

Christopher Crouch


This research examines an approach to art making and viewing that questions the acceptance of the autonomous object in favour of a transient experience. It focuses specifically on work and writing from the 1960s by the American artist Robert Morris that attempted to alter the then predominant Formalist understanding of the art object as autonomous and self-referential. This investigation follows the formal and conceptual development of Morris' work (and that of associated artists Richard Serra and Rafael Ferrer) with particular focus on the shift from static objects to time-based and transient an-forms including film/video and installation. I address the influence that the shift from static to temporal forms has had on the experience of art such as opening artwork to deeper levels of metaphysical association and visceral response. This discussion also examines parallel issues that have emerged within my own work's conceptual and formal development. In relation to the investigation of these developments I shall contextualise and locate my recent arts practice.