Art as Languaging – Prospectively, a PhD

BACKGROUND – MY MASTERS

In my Masters degree I made a questionnaire about the word ‘all’. At the time I had seen that project as a good way of investigating the word. I’d been interested in linguistics and what was happening in people’s heads when they formed sentences. While I was interested at the time in participatory art I now realise I was only at the beginning of thinking through some of its possibilities. On reflection, there is a lot there that we have only just begun to come to terms with in art theory.

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Pattern Recognition

In June I finally made an exhibition of my artwork after a long time away from showing anything I’ve been doing. Here is the text I wrote to accompany the show:

I’ve been drawing on the pages of Mills and Boon novels for years now. I had a stack of them lying around. I was part of a group who did art workshops and led one of those asking people to remodel pages from one of these novels. ‘Awaken to Danger’, it was called. We had a fun afternoon. It was largely inspired by local artist Tom Phillips’ project ‘A Humument’. Look it up online, it’s brilliant.

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