MA Fine Art
My research investigates the difficult act of balancing art and politics and the consequential tensions that often arise when making ‘political art’.
Previously, I intended my practice to explicitly communicate a message. However, influenced by the work of Mona Hatoum and writings of Jacques Ranciere, I began experimenting with a more subtle, ambiguous approach that partially concealed my own political opinions. In this, I was encouraged by Ranciere’s ideas of a critical practice that, by allowing space for their own response, shows more respect for the viewer.
My action research project has tested the extent to which a body of work in the form of politically understated miniature collages and paintings of simple, familiar subject matter can convey underlying political ideas. My research into artists such as Richard Mosse and Mona Hatoum has led me to appreciate the potential impact of changing the familiar into the unfamiliar.
Instead of a political message to be deciphered, the emphasis is on the visual artistic approach in order to encourage a variety of perspectives to be explored. Responding to Ranciere’s question, I am asking, ‘What can art convey when the artist stops trying to tell us something?’
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