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garden work – questions

What are the emotional landscapes that we need to foster in order to support the positive long-term systems (and behaviour ) change that our environmental and climate crises challenges us with? What does a sophisticated and generous psychology look like, and how can we use that kind of emotional intelligence in this struggle? How do […]

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thoughts on aesthetics (4) : experience

I’m now going to move on in this series of blog posts on “aesthetics” to take a brief look at John Dewey’s 1934 work, Art as Experience. Dewey opposes Kant’s model of the rational mind (see my previous post), and takes experience as a basis for aesthetic theory. Experience for Dewey involves a stepping out […]

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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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books…

So very excited and happy to receive new books in the post today – enough for a few months’ reading even! I bought the books with a book token, sent to me as a prize from Carmarthen School of Art, given for my long essay on hope and contemporary art. (Drop me a line if […]

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Tiny video to share – taken from a footbridge over the River Gwendraeth this morning.

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an empty book

Today is a day for picking myself up and starting from scratch. I’ve left all my works since January on a table in my college, even my essential black notebook with my essential notes. I have no idea when I may be permitted to retrieve them. Home from the day job, looking out of my […]

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reflection

Today revisiting my work of the last few months; considering what ties it together. Thinking about how to select work for exhibition, what story to tell, and how to tell it. I have not answered the questions which I have raised, but I am making a start. I will show work made at the mountain, […]

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thinking with my hands

I made some short videos today, of myself, making little books out of post-it notes. The work feels good and also not yet quite right, both at the same time… I’ll share the most succinct, a tiny, quick book about book-binding. This was work of thinking with my hands, feeling my way towards something important. […]

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a credo

Thinking it is a good idea, I start reading the brief for the work that I am doing for my college course. I find with surprise that by the end of this course I will have worked autonomously to develop a portfolio “of character with a personal credo.” A credo. Suddenly we are in deeper […]

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making a poem

Here I will share a letter that I wrote to myself yesterday: 26 March 2021 Dear Sian Perhaps you are a overwhelmed with the tasks you’ve given yourself. You do not need to do all of these things, you need only to do some of these things. You do not need to resolve them, tied […]