When Words Falter – Sara Davies

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Sara Davies, Memory Lanterns, 2016. Work in progress

Sara Davies’ PhD project is titled Creating Images of Belonging through Diasporic Touch and in her artistic practice invites the viewer to contemplate what it feels like to dwell, belong and reside in the current shifting political climate. She enacts memories of home in Sweden that persist in her daily life in England. She is complicating the notion of being Anglo-Swedish showing how to inhabit a space between languages and histories. Merging from the gaps and overlaps in translation her work is formed by diasporic touch, a kind of nostalgic handling driven by longing and loss. The work is revealing how the ideas of homogenised national identity veils a web of interwoven cultural exchanges. Through articulating the particular Sara Davies is creating a sense of the uncertainty in which we all live. 

Open Arts Journal is a platform that addresses the demand for a rigorously compiled, peer-reviewed platform for arts scholarship. Issue 7: Between sensuous and making-sense-of is edited by Tilo Reifenstein and Liz Mitchell and contains essays emerging from conference papers presented at Association for Art Historians New Voices Conference Image Matter: Art and Materiality (2015) at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Open Arts Journal, Issue #7

Open Arts Journal
Special issue: ‘Between Sensuous and Making-Sense-of’ (2019, issue 7)
(https://openartsjournal.org/issue-7/)

Edited by Tilo Reifenstein and Liz Mitchell


Confronted with the work of art, the contributors to this volume find themselves granted access to, yet also rebuffed from, the material at hand. However available the work may be to touch, gaze, taste, smell or aural perception, it still exceeds comprehensive reduction to a particular sense or interpretive scheme. Conversely, facing the viewer (participant, maker, historian), the work’s material both offers itself to, and resists, sensory assimilation and intelligibility. Already inscribed in this encounter – between work and viewer, material and maker, individual senses and their somaesthetic and interpretative contiguity – is a fertile consolidation of sensorial effects and their sense-making. This special issue explores the productive relations of the work’s entwining of historical, social, theoretical and cultural discourses with their inseparable bodily encounters. As a result, it offers trajectories of interpretative productivity and multiplicity that are responsive to the indivisibility of head and hand, object and context, and thinking and feeling.

​Contents

0. BETWEEN SENSUOUS AND MAKING-SENSE-OF: AN INTRODUCTION
Tilo Reifenstein
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s00

1. STRIKING TEXTURES, SENSUOUS SURFACES IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM
Gabriele Jutz
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s01

2. DANCING WITH IMAGES: EMBODIED PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWING
Ellen Handy
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s02

3. ROCKY ENCOUNTERS IN THE SACRO BOSCO OF BOMARZO
Thalia Allington-Wood
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s03

4. CARBON MONOCHROME: MANUEL DELANDA AND THE NONORGANIC LIFE OF AFFECT
Alan Boardman
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s04

5. OUTSIDE THE SPECTRUM: POIETIC ENCOUNTERS OF LIGHT-MATTER
Sara Buoso
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s05

6. WHEN WORDS FALTER 
Sara Davies
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s06

7. ROCAILLE ORNAMENTAL AGENCY AND THE DISSOLUTION OF SELF IN THE ROCOCO ENVIRONMENT
Julie Boivin
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s07

8. PAPERCHASE
Tilo Reifenstein
http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2019s08

The Open Arts Journal is a fully open access publication from The Open University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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