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Beginning of iii.ii

I’ve decided to take a step back this term; I want to see how I can use shapes and forms (inspired by nature, environments and people) to form abstract compositions that resemble the workings of the mind and memory. With a main focus still on the notions of memory and identity, I want to further […]

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Research: HENRY JABBOUR

[Henry Jabbour. (2019). Henry Jabbour. [online] Available at: http://www.henryjabbour.com/ [Accessed 12 Nov. 2019].] I have known and loved the artist’s paintings for a few years now, but only now that I have decided to look at his practice in more detail, have I found his drawings which I connect to as equally. What draws me […]

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Research: FRANK AUERBACH

FRANK AUERBACH AT THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY: I found this painting right outside The Long Look exhibition which I visited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. It is a painting of Auerbach’s wife – his longest serving sitter. I was drawn to the similar attention to the sitter’s presence that Audrey Grant also focused […]

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Research: EILEEN HOGAN

I discovered Eileen Hogan’s work very recently in a book I’ve been reading called “Ways of Drawing: Artists’ Perspectives and Practices” and was automatically drawn to this work by her (which automatically makes me want to get up and draw!): what seems to be the process here: basic marks and lines indicating general shapes and […]

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“Looking and Listening”: Notes from short essay by Eileen Hogan

“How does personal knowledge of the subject change a portrait? What happens when the sitter speaks?” [featured image: Eileen Hogan, Ian Hamilton Finlay Walking Towards the Roman Garden, 2009, charcoal on paper, found in Bell, J., Balchin, J. and Tobin, C. (2019). Ways of drawing. Artists’ perspectives and practices. Farnborough: Thames & Hudson Ltd., p. […]

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“Focusing on the Individual”: Notes from short essay by Ishbel Myerscough

I’ve recently picked up “Ways of Drawing: Artists’ Perspectives and Practices”, which I got really excited about to the lead up of it being published. It seemed a perfect book to not only try and verbalise what it means to draw, but also to look at the practices of drawers, in search for similarities and […]

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A note on JÓZEF CZAPSKI: an observer of the world

A major influence for the direction my work is taking – not necessarily in the visual aspects of his work, but rather the processes and habits he developed over the course of his life. I’m not even sure where to start with explaining the influence of Czapski on my thinking and approach to art. I […]

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On ambiguity in art.

[featured image source: Pepperell, R. (2011). Connecting Art and the Brain: An Artist’s Perspective on Visual Indeterminacy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, [online] 5. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3157022/ [Accessed 20 Apr. 2019] AMBIGUITY IN MY OWN PRACTICE: Ambiguity has been part of my practice since my first year at university (and maybe even beyond that?), where it began […]

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Turning to Self-Portraiture (ft. photography experiments)

  PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIMENTS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93334681@N04/albums/72157712203901247 (selected collection, from around 140 photographs) Honestly, this was quite an unexpected turn for my work – I have produced self-portraits before – either in my sketchbook or when experimenting with photography in my spare time – but my face hasn’t been a part of my artistic practice since my A-Levels. […]

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The 6th Gathering of Lancaster Arts Communities: Notes

27.11.2019 at More Music in Morecambe, Lancashire Apart from all the introductions and brief discussions we had about arts in Lancaster and what we would like to see happening in the local area in the next 2 years. TAKING THE TIME: There was also a presentation by Gillian and Adam about their project ‘Taking the […]