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Graduation Day – strive for imperfection

Today, I graduated. Today, I got to wear a cap and gown, sit, clap a lot, walk across a stage, smile, and sit and clap a lot more. It was ace. I loved it. I loved every minute of it. … Continue reading

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The identity crisis continues, but does it matter?

My current artistic journey began in the autumn of 2012 when I started a Foundation Degree at Shrewsbury College (in fact, what launched this blog). At that time, I was a painter. Then, as I began my studies, I became … Continue reading

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Can art save us from the chaos of life?

Currently I’m reading this book: At the Existentialist Cafe, by Sarah Bakewell. I am struggling to put this book down. It has become my bible of the moment. I first came across it when it was in hardback. I saw it … Continue reading

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The avant garde paradox

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the impossibility of being labelled as ‘avant garde’ in art. I’ve been, very slowly it has to be said, reading Peter Burger’s The Theory of the Avant Garde and despite the challenging language of this book, … Continue reading

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What is the place of place in the future?

Today I came across this quote by artist Mark Leckey: ‘Technology has put us in this strange place where we are never fully present in a strange sense, or our presence is distributed’. (Frieze Magazine, September 2017, p. 15). I’ve … Continue reading

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Can you be an ironic existentialist?

Over the last few hours I’ve been thinking more about this quote, which I came across yesterday. I couldn’t sleep last night and when I can’t sleep I am cursed with a brain that struggles to shut down. In my busy … Continue reading

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Self-doubt – do all artists, all of humanity, suffer?

If I’m an artist then this is me all of the time: torn between wanting to communicate something inside me that is exploding to come out and wanting to hibernate from the world. (But I never really know whether I … Continue reading

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