Distance matters: A visual archeology of the Plaszow concentration camp in Krakow
Why do I keep going back to sites of Holocaust memory and how might it be possible for me to use drawing as a tool to excavate a past personally unlived? Foucault describes his approach to writing history as archaeology, where discursive traces of the past are investigated in order to write a 'history of the present'. This is important because it expresses a desire to link with something beyond ourselves.
Deep Surface: A practice based enquiry of the picture plane.
How do we understand the active interchange between the outer face of an artwork and its inward-facing components, be these a design, a trace or a generating framework?
Over the course of the PhD enquiry I aim to interrogate physically through the making of artworks and theoretically, through a contextual underpinning, the depth of surface as a dense, complex and vacillating plane. The research aims to unpick the interplay between the outer public layer and the structure below, contributing to a new understanding of the picture plane within two dimensional Fine Art practice.
The Role of Drawing in the Regeneration of Urban Spaces
My practice-led MPhil/PhD research project will have two areas of inquiry: drawing and regeneration that will be linked by the aims and methods I deploy.
Drawing the Wake: illustrative notational drawing as a valid alternative reading of James Joyce’ Finnegans Wake
The place of Finnegans Wake in the canon of Western literature might initially to make it appear to be an odd choice of text for illustrative interpretation. However, its peculiar position as a hugely influential, yet relatively unread work suggest it as an appropriate object through which to examine interactions between the literary and the visual imagination.
In Search of the Shortcuts – The Past in the Present. How walking and narrative interact in physically embodied space, virtual space and psychological space, in the context of a self-initiated artistic residency.
In Search Of The Shortcuts is a practice-led research project carried out from the perspective of an artist. By engaging in a practical and theoretical analysis of how walking and narrative interact in physical, virtual and psychological realms, it asserts that this interaction is vital for defining space. A self-initiated artistic residency is both central to the methodology of the project and enriched by the knowledge gained through the research. In Search Of The Shortcuts situates the past in the present, a shared affective experience around the suburban spaces of the artist’s childhood in Wythenshawe, which lies on the outer fringes of South Manchester. The artist also addresses the relationship between expanded drawing methods and narrative representation, in order to explore how the influence of Wythenshawe and the socio-political context of the 1980s have impacted on his practice.
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