The Multimodal book as organism, artefact and assemblage: non-human agency in processes of growing and making.
This practice-based research diffracts the hierarchical dominance of humans over nature by considering non-human agency in the processes of growing and making. The ‘multimodal book’, conceived as an investigative practice which includes the maker and reader, and also an assemblage of works which come together in an exhibition, is developed to examine and articulate human-non-human relationships. Haptic and temporal aspects of the book are explored alongside growing plants to set up a dynamic interplay between concepts of organism and artefact and to interrogate non-human agency in the processes of growing and making.
Ibrik: Invigorating Cultural Heritage Within a Contemporary Context Through Redesign
The ibrik is a traditional Lebanese spouted water vessel with ties to Lebanese cultural heritage. Its production started as early as the Phoenician period in the Mediterranean area. While this object was once common to every household in Lebanon, today the ibrik is rarely used as intended. It either no longer exists or serves merely as decoration. The following project aims to redesign the ibrik through its animated cultural heritage as a craft and as a drinking vessel by embedding it with a contemporary visual dynamism.
Opening up the Wig: An exploration of the wig using photographic and sculptural strategies to reveal the relationships between the wig, the self, society and the construction of female identities.
My practice is situated in the intersection between sculpture and studio-based photography and will employ a range of strategies to unpack the function and definition of the wig, and interrogate the social context that currently produces and values it. This will involve investigating both the intention of the wig - representing, idealising and projecting the ‘feminine’ - and its material origins - the physicality of it and the cultural context that produces it. The female wig in particular offers a space for public and private ideas of femininity to interact. Women’s wigs can act as a metonym for the female body as both an artificial construct (the ideal female body), and an absence (the intended wearer, or, in the case of natural hair, the persons whose hair it was).
Towards a New Realism: An Investigation of the Possibilities for a Socially Engaged Painting Practice
I am proposing to examine the methodologies and signifying structures of ‘classical’, ‘critical’, ‘social’ and ‘socialist’ realist painting to determine whether they can be synthesised or adapted to generate a socially informed and democratically readable contemporary painting practice.
Archaeology: Site, Object, Context; Interpreting A Collection. A study of the ceramic work of Robert Louis Blatherwick (1920-1993)
The previously unrecorded work of Robert Louis Blatherwick occupies an empty space, representing a gap in the recording of twentieth century ceramic history. The body of work produced deserves attention.
Objects of Delight: The Nineteen Century Mass-Produced Miniature
My research explores the phenomenon of miniaturisation, as reflected by the global trade and consumption of mass-produced miniatures, and what it reveals about the nineteenth century people who delighted in, desired, acquired, displayed, collected and discarded them.
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