Today I heard myself telling someone that I had not made my own work for 10 years, only moments later I wanted to shout ‘THIS SIMPLY ISNT TRUE!’ because it isn’t! I have MADE lots of my own work over the past ten years BUT I have not exhibited it – and therein lies the… Continue reading The Art of Vulnerability
“That was a very clever and bold move you made there” “What was?” “Leaving the cannon of working class writers and academics out of your bibliography…” “Leaving the what?” My examiners looked at me in disbelief, and then they look at each other with wide eyes and then curiously back to me again “You mean… Continue reading Reading Alan Bennett – a fellow sensitive observer of the human condition
In 2008 I finished my fine art degree. That year I cast 6 female bodies – one of which was my own. “Hold your body in the way you feel the best and the way you feel the worst” – the two sides of the body cast on separate occasions and then a new body… Continue reading Body casting blasts from the past…
When I was 10 years old – My grandfather – a VERY talented Artist and Signwriter died. His death affected me a great deal and the impact it had upon me was discussed at length in my Master of Arts thesis (An auto ethnographic narrative inquiry into my lifetime engagement with Art Education and the… Continue reading Children get stressed out too – Mindful Art Making – might just make it better.
“If you don’t have a go you’ll never know” – wisdom from Terence. Several weeks ago I went to the Grove Inn to see some live music and serendipity allowed me to meet a fabulous white bearded man named Terence. After we introduced ourselves I told him that Terence was a noble name indeed for… Continue reading Creativity is making mitsakes – Art is knowing which ones to keep!
Autoethnography – research through the self. Visual Autoethnography – Art based research through the lens of the self. For any of you who don’t know – my personal practice is an exploration of my human condition – always has been – but in 2010 when doing my masters I discovered the correct term for what… Continue reading How I became an artistic auto ethnographer
Have you ever really watched how a seahorse moves? One of the most beautiful things about being an artist is that at some point you realise that you have this incredible knack for REALLY looking at things. I study everything – and most of the time I don’t even realise I’m doing it until afterwards… Continue reading Have you ever really watched a Seahorse move?