The Role Of Visual Arts For Stage Interventions Into The Representation Of The Female Self

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INTRODUCTION The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate - in practice and conceptually - the function of the mirror in visual art, with particular reference to the portrayal of women.
By drawing from the field of art and literature featuring the mirror and reflection, I will be looking at how the work of contemporary women artists and photographers challenged traditional attitudes and practices. This dissertation will be about women who use visual arts to stage interventions into the representation of the ‘female self’.
The female body and mirror have repeatedly featured in visual art over the centuries. It is the purpose of my dissertation to discover the reasons behind the use of the mirror in both western and contemporary art, giving a historical overview of women artists’ differing strategies towards self-portraiture throughout the twentieth century and analysing why this area has proved so fruitful and inspiring for women. RESEARCH This research aims to: examine the significance of the mirror in art:
 - simulation of reality;
 - metaphor for framing images: 
‘In the aesthetic realm, as in philosophical, the frame constructs the image or the knowledge. The frame places certain material into the centre of discourse and marginalises others’. (Meskimmon, 1996:4)
 - definition of the ‘self’:
‘Through seeing itself in the mirror with the mother, the infant is enable to differentiate its polymorphous experiences of its body from those of the mother and

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