Good Morning!

When I wake up in the morning I always switch the radio on and listen to Radio 1, it’s always great starting my day with music! Something I heard today on the radio which has particularly connected with so I thought I’d do a little blog post about it… On the show today, Nick Grimshaw was live in LA interviewing Calvin Harris after talking a little bit about his new release with Rihanna This Is What You Came For

He then made a really interesting point of how years ago during his first albums, they were more dancey, but he wanted to have more texture in his music so it felt more real. He then said how dance music can have the tendency to be “2D”. I think it was this reference which I can relate my work to… As much as a painting on a wall is fantastic to look at, it is still a painting on a wall, I am excited by the fact I can make 3d objects within Ceramics and I want people to experience these objects, to touch them. This is the thing which differentiates me from making 3D work as opposed to 2D.


Work in Progress-Building blocks waiting to be fired. I have casted children’s building blocks and I am now creating ceramic versions of them, they will be exhibited in a gallery with the notion that the audience are welcomed and encouraged to pick them up, to handle and play with them.

What I’m trying to say is that  I am making a real object, whereas often, a painting can a depiction of an object (such as Cezanne’s still life works) which links to what Calvin was saying about using actual instruments in his music, rather than it purely being electronic. This video shows Calvin Harris performing Blame with John Newman whilst playing the piano live.

Still Life with Water Jug c.1892-3 by Paul Cézanne 1839-1906

Still Life with Water Jug c.1892-3 Paul Cézanne 1839-1906 Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933

It’s nice being able to connect with an artist from an entirely different creative path such as music, and one can source inspiration from all kinds of artwork, not just things from within one’s discipline/ specialist area. And I’m not saying there is a type of art which is more important than another, it depends on someone’s perspective, but, for me, my perspective is very 3d driven.



My Dissertation Proposal is done!

So I have finally handed in my dissertation proposal, I am a step closer to completing the real thing! The working title being The Importance of the Physical Touch in Installation Art.  I have really enjoyed writing it actually, as the topic is something I find particularly interesting.  Although I have 3 chapters, one on Installation Art, one on Experiential touch and the other on comparing the the upsides and downsides of having touch in a gallery environment; after speaking to Dr Mahnaz Shah, my dissertation tutor, I want to change the structure. We realised that as I was speaking to her, I  have an interest in the psychology has within art rather than philosophy. I want to see hard evidence for why something is the way it is, instead of just a theory. People have suggested for me to look at Merlaux Ponty’s work, but I don’t really want to go down the philosophy route. An example of psychological evidence supporting physically engaging with museum objects would be Chatterjee et al’s paper Museopathy: Exploring the Healing Potential of Handling Museum Objects. They went into hospitals and actually let patients handle museum objects. This touch led to patients (with memory problems) reminiscing and accessing memories which probably would’ve still been forgotten if it wasn’t for engaging with these objects.

My next step will be to continue researching. Interestingly I found a book the other day-whilst waiting for my train home- called “Touch The Science of the Sense that Makes Us Human” by David J. Linden and so far its been a good read! Both fun and informative, this book shows how interpersonal touch defines us. Along with this book, I have other studies to look into, such as the importance of play for adults and how touch is beneficial when people don’t have  strong hearing or sight.


After receiving having a tutorial to discuss my mark- I wish to introduce some of my own opinions into my dissertation; although I have been marked with a 2:1, Dr Shah believes I can up this to a 1st, by being more brave with my writing! So instead of saying, this person said this about that, I need to challenge what that person said with my own views and evidence. And since my dissertation does link to my subject work, I could include what I’m currently making in my thesis.