— as note send to tutor ahead of first meeting.
Themes/ questions / interests:
boundaries, edges and frames
author/subject/viewer >> what relational constructs are active within a frame, a piece or body of work
indoor/outdoor >> notions of environmental art rather than landscape
voyeurism/joy of looking
- graphite, ink, > opacity/translucency
- encaustic/ layering/ embedding
- body (walking, moving, gesture)
- textiles: string, wire, sewing machine
- also: lens-based/ no lens photography (darkroom)
- screenprinting (potentially other forms of printmaking)
- movement into space: 2d to 3d, mobility, fleetingness (also, e.g. in relation to performance work)
> parallel project: walking, movement >> less so drifting but perhaps the various materials/ routes that I have around ‘commute’… my body as drawing tool?
The course: experience, plans, motivations
on Creative Arts Pathway (at Level 1: Printmaking, Drawing 1, Art of Photography), currently determined to complete and move to Level 3 (but that wasn’t initially the plan, and through every module was at point of leaving);
currently: good cohort for dialogue; good course material; modules work well for my own projects (these tend to be large, at earlier stages I felt I was merely offering good personal work to fulfil course assignments, less so the sense now: ability to complete bigger projects as parts of DIaC and to revise them).
The series of themes and interests are noted in an earlier post and listed also above.
I had contemplated submitting a portfolio for D2 but haven’t got enough material for it yet; was also eager to get a better sense of how drawing and lens-based can be explored together before moving to Level 3 >> been largely in the presence of photographers or, in OCA context Fine Artists (i.e. without a lens-based/photographic practice), so feel a bit uncertain how these can combine for purpose of course.
I am a human geographer by training, did a PhD, worked for six years as a post-doc in UK HE and left in 2009 to pursue art more seriously. I work in HE as tutor, trainer and facilitator (mainly for PGR), translate academic text and recently started to revisit my academic research to see where and how this can relate to my visual arts practice. Outside the OCA degree structure, I often work with text, in social settings (through workshops etc) and started a bit of performance work; but in all this I was always keen to have a strong visual arts background (so that my social scientist doesn’t get to determine too much what I consider art to be). I grew up in Germany, moved to the UK in late-1990s and have lived in Glasgow since.