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some thoughts on aesthetics (5): pleasure

We looked last week at John Dewey writing on “experience”, and at a work by the Welsh artist Mary Lloyd Jones. The fact that Jones’s work was described as “inviting” brings me to think about “pleasure” in aesthetics. Thinking about direct sensory experience and pleasure in art works has been important in aesthetics, as a […]

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Thoughts on aesthetics (3): “the sublime”.

This post is the third in a series, sharing my thoughts and investigations on aesthetics. Click for links to Part 1 & Part 2. Today’s post is going to be a final look at Anthony Gormley’s artwork “Another Place“, before we move on to other aspects of aesthetics, and other artists. I’m staying with this […]

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some thoughts on aesthetics (2) : “contemplation”

This post is the second part in a series, sharing some of my thoughts and investigations on aesthetics. Click here for a link to Part 1. I talked in my last post about Anthony Gormley’s Another Place, and how the figures on the sands at Crosby seem to be cut off from the world. Gormley […]

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art drawing

plaiting drawings

continuing the thread with my woven drawings. i have have been trying out a few variations on plaiting strips together. these are papers which are painted both sides, inspired by winter skies. to plait, you have to twist the weavers, so constantly changing the side which faces you – or rather, when plaiting the three-dimensionality […]

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some thoughts on aesthetics : the gap between mind and material

I am going, over the coming weeks and months, to break down and share some of my thoughts and investigations on the subject that is called “aesthetics”. “Aesthetics” can be understood to refer to a collection of ideas and premises that run through, and also constrain, discussions about art. The reason that I am going […]

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formulating more questions

I’ll share here some drawings (lets call them drawings) that I’ve made over the last few years by cutting works on paper into strips and re-weaving them into surfaces. It is difficult for me to admit it, but I really don’t know what these are. They are like drawings (and some are a bit closer […]

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coppicing

Just before dusk today I coppiced the willows that make a windbreak and screen at the bottom of my garden. Actually, what I do is cut the stems back to the main trunk about knee height, somewhere between coppicing and pollarding. I do it every year some time after midwinter, it takes only about half […]

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art reflection video

Unbound – some thoughts, notes and reflections

This exhibition? A loosening… Being in a garden that is not a highly controlled space, but rough, jumbly. Seeing what would come without seeking control, without over working. The joy of being in there with these people, the privilege of friendship, of sharing time together. And I was beguiled, caught up in curiosity to come […]

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unbound

Lately I’ve been very joyfully putting together an exhibition with Roz Moreton and Suzie Ross, with works made from out of slow time in the garden of 41 Lady Street, Kidwelly. More information on our Gwendraeth Arts Lab web page.

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earth + sky

Very excited to let you know about this project with Con Christeson of Red Chair Studios and Jen Smith, launching today! Have a look on my projects page to find out more.