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drawing from the other side

i’ve carried on experimenting with monotype prints over the last month. less thinking, more drawing drawing like i cannot see, like i am in a dream drawing from the other side of the mirror of the land more praising more gratitude more joy and more sorrow more honesty more beauty more dancing with the materials

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a hopeful art practice: more investigations into art and ethics

One very intriguing direction in which we can continue to think about ethics in art is through considering the “first philosophy” of ethics, developed in the twentieth century by the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. I am going to look at some of his ideas, and then see how we can deepen our understanding by relating them […]

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more monotypes

I’m going to share images of more monotype prints that I’ve been making in the last few days, once more related to the morning walks in the woods. Feeling my way towards a way of communicating something about the experiences. These are made by drawing directly onto the back of paper that has been placed […]

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hope and art : what is useful art?

Last time, thinking about a hopeful art practice, I wrote about Tanya Bruguera, and her comments about “useful art”. “Useful art is a way of working with aesthetic experiences that focus on the implementation of art in society, where art’s function is no longer to be a space for signalling problems, but a place from […]

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Afon Goch monotypes

I am gradually building up a series of trials and tests of prints through weekly visits to open access sessions at Swansea Print Workshop. I don’t exactly know where they will go, but as I work I am getting a very good idea of what is possible and impossible, and taking note, as I learn, […]

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a hopeful art practice : useful art

In 2013, Tanya Bruguera initiated and curated a project called the “Museum of Arte Útil“, in which examples and templates of “useful art” were made freely available, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven was opened up for use by community organisations. In her opening speech, Tanya Bruguera said: “art as ‘as-ethics’, this is a term […]

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a hopeful art practice: the commons

In my last blog post on a hopeful art practice, we looked at a work by the sculptor Joseph Beuys called “7000 Eichen”. Joseph Beuys was invited to make his work as a contribution to the 1982 contemporary art exhibition in Kassel, “Documenta 7”. From the beginning of the project, he made it very clear […]

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from the print workshop

I’m beginning experiments in printmaking. I have in my mind working towards folding artist’s books or scroll forms, but at the moment am really just experimenting and teaching myself (again) how to work in this way, and getting familiar with processes and materials. These are all monotypes, which are one-off prints, in contrast with many […]

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from the garden …

I’ve been at Penlan Uchaf again this week at Banc Organics catching up with everyone, and spending time with the seedlings, doing some drawing.

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starting something…

I’m starting a new project, connecting artists with specific patches of land: gardens, commons, public spaces. It’s a project of celebration, and has to do with land, food, joy and belonging. I was thinking of the project as a patchwork: a project of connection, repair, usefulness and beauty. A friend of mine who is all […]