Unearthed : personifications of widowhood and acts of memory : volume 1 and 2

Arbi, Linda Margaret (2009) Unearthed : personifications of widowhood and acts of memory : volume 1 and 2. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




By researching visual traditions of representing widows in relation to a social role, I explore how these may be related to processes of mourning and memory. My study begins with an historical reading and, along with an analysis of Renaissance widow portraiture, I trace the experiences of widows in the Cape of Good Hope. For the purposes of this thesis, I have selected images of widows to investigate memory-work particularly when speaking of loss. I re-view these memory processes through recent historical and art historical discourse with reference to contemporary South African artworks in order to understand how public memory is formed by way of visual documentation. These narratives around widowhood have informed the subject matter for my Master’s exhibition and shed light on my own experience as a widow. The interaction between objects and memory are of particular interest and manifest in my studio art practice.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Widowhood - Social aspects - South Africa, Widowhood - Social aspects - Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), Widows in art - South Africa, Widows in art - Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), Memory in art - South Africa, Memory in art - Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
Supervisors:De Jager, M
ID Code:1851
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:12 May 2011 13:38
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