I am now in my third phase of practice for my PhD with the University of Leeds. I’m keeping all the documentation in one place – if you are interested, wander over and have a look.
feel your way
- to judge where you are going by touching with your hands instead of looking
- to act slowly and carefully because you are not certain how to do something
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Feeling a way through … is an invitation to participate in the work of art. In a shared exploration of paintings and video made during the artist’s ongoing project of making sense of climate change responsibility, you will share your readings and responses to the artwork – through reflection, conversation, dialogue. Come and feel part of it.
Carole Kirk, Painter and Cultural Industries PhD Scholar
Tuesday 17th December at 12-1pm or 2-3pm, Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds.
Free entry, but please email to book as places are limited – email@example.com
School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
I will be speaking with David Shearing next Monday 7th October at 5.30pm about my research at the first of this year’s Research Seminars at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Our joint theme is ‘Audience Embodiment: Making and Mindfulness’, and I will be presenting a paper on ‘Making Sense: the immersivity of painting for artist and audience’.
“My work is very much process led, and it’s only a matter of tradition/necessity in art that there is a product at all,” she says. “So the journey, the search, is the place where ideas form and – if I’m lucky – exciting surprises happen.” Vicki Bennett.
Chris Harratt from a-n talks to her: http://new.a-n.co.uk/news/single/sound-gesture-an-audio-visual-collaboration/1
Does climate change art have the power to touch, disturb, move, persuade or inspire change? This article from the Economist surveys some examples of climate change art to consider some of these questions. http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21581970-future-uncertain-it-also-inspiring-chilling
This Friday, I will be contributing to a symposium on ‘Touch’ in Art process as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival. I will be talking about my installation The Gesture of Thinking, and about the role of ‘touch’ in interpreting painting.
In the tactile engagement with materials in my studio, I make sense out of physical ‘sense’. But if the ‘thinking’ is in the making, how can I share this ‘felt’ knowledge with an audience?
I completed the installation for my PhD transfer process on Thursday, and have documented it here. It was an eye-opener to see the work involved by the stage@leeds technicians in setting up the projection and lighting, and they deserve the credit for the quality of the theatrical presentation in the space.
“It is not pictures as objects of perception, that can teach us about perceiving; rather, it is making pictures – that is, the skilful construction of pictures – that can illuminate experience, or rather the making or enacting of experience.” Alva Noë
This installation explores processes of embodied cognition through painting. It aims to understand creative practice as an agential, corporeal activity performed by a body moving through its environment. Through gesture, materiality and the use of tools, visual knowledge emerges in a process of artistic labour. Painting, in this laborious process, is thinking – “in that instant when his vision becomes gesture, when, in Cézanne’s words, he ‘thinks in painting’”. Merleau-Ponty
Details: Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Thursday 9th May, 11-3. Drop in, no need to book. Free Entry.
‘Physically engaging with the paint allows you to tap into different parts of yourself’ says Lisa Milroy