We tend to think of documents as things that provide answers, but documents can also provoke questions. This can be seen clearly in the study of art-making as document work, since the power of art is not in how it can represent reality, but how it can pose questions to reality. In this paper, I examine the work of 19th-century artist Paul Gauguin, which proceeded through iterative abstraction and productive reproduction. Gauguin's document work was a mode of questioning with the epistemic and communicative aim of understanding.
"Gauguin's Savage Document Work: Understanding As Function,"
Proceedings from the Document Academy: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol3/iss2/5