Inside a sentimental enclave: The poetics of miniature landscape

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Ryynänen, Max
dc.contributor.author Zhao, Ruitong
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-31T09:18:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-31T09:18:05Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/31392
dc.description.abstract In my master thesis research, I study the relationship between poetry ( Japanese and Chinese ancient poems) and miniature landscape (penjing or bonsai) from three different directions that lead to three outcomes: 1. Through this paper, I first look into the history of art in China and Japan (1600 BC – Late 1800 CE); by tracing the origin of miniature landscape and how it was represented in paintings and woodblock prints, I find that miniature landscape is not a mere interior decoration or a part of garden art that human appropriate from nature, it is a poetic extension where the human imaginations and emotional bonds with the world are preserved. Miniature landscape gives its viewers a strong sense of belongingness and possession, and its visual elements invite all senses to open as the nostalgic memory of the past emerges from deep within. Next, I analyse Japanese Haiku poems and Chinese Tang Poems; by paying attention to the objects and images inside the landscape where the poets let their emotions dwell, I discover that the world inside these poems is not only a place where the poets document observations of nature and express their feelings and emotions, it is also a world lived with the poetics of miniature and immensity. Finally, based on previous examinations of miniature landscape in art history and poetry, I explain my concept of creating an atmospheric landscape of memory and imagination by combining miniature landscape and poetry, followed by thoughts and questions that have occurred to me during the process of making the installations. 2. The poetry book “After Wishes Of The Waterfall, The Fallen Hair” is the second part of the thesis. This book includes poems that I wrote during the period 2014 – 2017, when I was traveling between Europe and China. The poems are edited into five themes, each of which is associated with a semi-imaginary landscape and specific emotions: Senses and Memory, You and Light, Time and Places, Fear and Saffron, Dreams and Home. 3. The third part and the final production of this thesis research is an installation work of five miniature landscapes; built with ceramics, soil, live and dead plants as well as other found materials, each is narrated by the poems from the book “After Wishes of The Waterfall, The Fallen Hair”, This experiment of combining poetry, miniature landscape and sound is based on both my understanding of the poetics of miniature landscape in history, the sentimental landscape inside poetry, and the nature of my own poems. en
dc.format.extent 54+6
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Inside a sentimental enclave: The poetics of miniature landscape en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Art en
dc.contributor.department Taiteen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword poetics en
dc.subject.keyword poetry en
dc.subject.keyword miniature landscape en
dc.subject.keyword Penjing en
dc.subject.keyword Bonsai en
dc.subject.keyword emotion en
dc.subject.keyword imagination en
dc.subject.keyword elsewhere en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201805312822
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Ryynänen, Max
dc.programme Visual Culture and Contemporary Art en
dc.programme ViCCA en


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