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TCotA Forum - Maarit Mäkelä


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

13 Mar 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

13 Mar 2015 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Maarit MäkeläMaarit Mäkelä works as an artist in the field of ceramics and contemporary fine art practice. She has had several solo exhibitions in Finland and has taken part in frequent joint exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Mäkelä's work deals with femininity and representations of the female body. She has discussed this theme in her doctoral dissertation - Memories on clay: representations of subjective creation process and gender (University of Art and Design Helsinki 2003). The study is a practice-led research, where visual representations of femininity are produced during the research process by the artist-researcher herself.

During 2004-2006 Maarit worked as a postdoctoral researcher and during 2009-2011 as a coordinator in the Design Connections Doctoral Programme in the Department of Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Since 2011 she has worked as an Associate Professor in the University, currently called Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her research interests lie in practice-led research. She is initiator of The Art of Research conference and co-editor of the Anthologies "The Art of Research. Research Practices in Art and Design" (University of Art and Design Helsinki 2006) and " The Art of Research II. Process, Results and Contribution" (Aalto University, Helsinki 2012). In addition, she has published widely in international arenas.

In her Art Forum presentation Maarit will reflect on her ceramics-based research practice.

image credit: Rauno Träskelin, Holy family (1999), silkscreen on raindeerbone porcelain

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.