This is the actual final edition of my presentation (no 6!!) – it took a while to establish priorities

OPENING SLIDE (see above)
Sentience is my new word, it draws the essence of my focus into centre stage and shines a torch on it. Sentience – the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience sensations subjectively.

The context of my practice is the phenomenon of the experience that creates a dialogical exchange. Determinant to this is the encounter and the space that the encounter creates. I see this space as the embodiment of perceptual outcomes.

I see the process of printmaking as a physical representation of the context of my practice. It requires the interaction of two surfaces working together to influence the space between – through the use of an intermediary in the ink.

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NEW SLIDE – It’s always about the story

Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception seems to explain the way I experience “encounter” and brings with it the realisation that my practice has evolved to reflect this. I set out on one road but intentionally create the opportunity for interjection as an allegory for conversational dialogue to inform my next steps.

Since 2012 I have been using an analogy to explain this dialogue and its outcomes as the difference between what we listen to and what we may hear, and, I realise that in this relationship I have seen the littoral dialogue created as a place for slippage, filter and change. A place where random influences, such as self-bias, could have a negative impact.

However – an unfolding and evolving practice and a confidence and conviction of my own value in the process has changed and evolved this encounter. The space created in the chiasm has foregrounded and become a positive player offering possibilities.

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NEW PAGE –  Me You Other

Merleau-Ponty’s theories on perception focuses on the experience of ourselves in relationships with others and the space we occupy when we create that encounter (chiasm).

Chiasm foregrounds the experience of oneself as integral to the perception of the other, particularly as one edge of the space which creates the experience of the relationship. Levinas expands the encounter to say that we cannot experience ourselves without the presence of the other.  We need both our experience of ourselves, the space we occupy and of the other to create a meaning in the encounter.

With a framework created by MP’s concept of chiasm as a theoretical backdrop, I believe that the idea creates a space and that this space acts as a conceptual link (or leap) to aspects of Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics and creates a Dialogical Aesthetic both of which encompass the interaction between the artist and the spectator.

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NEW PAGE  – Dialogical & Participation

My practice doesn’t necessarily sit neatly into Dialogical or Participatory arts practices nor complete the remit of a Relational Aesthetic but uses these approaches as a catalyst taking something from all.

There is a reason for this catalyst to be included in my practice. In a participatory act between my work and its audience I see the same involvement as when experiencing a book. A book offers many leaves, opportunities for individual interpretation and the act of touching which conduits a route to perceiving the relationship between the physical object, the act of looking, and a consciousness of oneself in respect of the book.

I’m not sure how the idea of books, both constructed and deconstructed became key, nor how closely a deconstructed book can relate to the concept of a book. However, I realise that much of what I do relates to the function of a book and it was in speaking to Anya in my last session that I made the absolute connection.

For the outsider I can offer a foundation to the statement that the concept of a book and the phenomenology of perception, alongside a printmaking practice are symbiotic to my concept.

I can do this if I consider Aristotle’s third Man argument and Graham Harmen’s third table in his object orientated ontology, through these explanations I can see a connection to both the idea of a book and chiasm. Linking my ideas neatly together.

NEW PAGE – Books

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If I look at how I work, everything is to do with the idea of pages, in the form of multiples and layering, feel, touch, and the page turn which creates a narrative.

The ideas behind the way I assemble the various iterations has been about the singularity of handling a book and the experience that this offers.

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NEW PAGE – four Slides of books

The timbre of a conversation and a visual narrative work in the same way, telling stories and eliciting both graphic and sensory aesthetics.

I conceive and create my work by utilising found objects (preferable things which have the story of another person’s engagement with the object – but not necessarily) – The main criteria is to produce things which evolve thorough random generation in terms of visuals.

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Any text involved is subject in some way to change, chance or the effects of a random activity – both allude to and create the same possibilities in the dialogue of an encounter.

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A book’s aesthetic qualities, how feels, its weight, smoothness, its assembly or its divorce from its binding are equal to the requirement for the audience to complete the artwork through its interaction with it.

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I see now that the Third Mans Unreliable narrator carried much of these elements, and that whilst for some it may have missed the aesthetics of a conversation it fulfilled many other of criteria that I had set out to achieve at the beginning of the year.

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NEW PAGE – Moving Forwards


This year I aim to explore the ‘connecting’ space and the possibilities within the materialisation of that space.  How I create this narrative is open to enquiry at this point.  I have given myself until January to find a way that suits my practice, is sustainable in terms of practice longevity and reflects both my sense of humour and playfulness whilst working within the context of what we listen to may not necessarily be what we hear.

However – on a lighter note – I envisage the framework as becoming a softer, happier bosom connection reassigned as Between You and Me.

If any of you can relate to this concept self-awareness in terms of the encounter it would be interesting to hear how you relate to what I have said….however, I realise that I may just have left everyone completely perplexed!



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