Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

MA show preparation

Art Practice -Work In ProgressPosted by Richard Thu, August 08, 2013 20:23:46
It has been good to work together preparing our spaces this week, and having the opportunity to discuss our work with one another.

I wanted to make my space "holy", set apart for a purpose. As part of my methodist spirituality I believe that things are made holy by use. This prompted me to play some sacred music, St Matthew's Passion, Bach (in it's entirety) as I worked, both painting on my exhibition "Games" print and in organising the room in preparation for Monday's installation. This was premeditated, so I especially brought in the music recording and borrowed a set of good speakers from media resources.

I also found it good to explore using a noughts and crosses type grid on the floor to compliment the print and the placement of the 4 elements of the show, and also to reference the Labyrinth as a meditative/ contemplative aid. Conceptually I think it does work, but I am uncertain whether it is fully appropriate in a shared space; and I am also concerned that I might be trying to put too much in and not giving enough space for the different piece to speak for themselves and to have a conversation with one another.

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