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.

Artist Statement for New Work

Art Practice -Work In ProgressPosted by Artist RWB Fri, May 02, 2014 14:39:29
I have just finished drafting an artist statement for a new work "Shipping Translated"; this is a silent two channel video [duration 1h 5m 20s]. I am pleased that the total number of frames [188,160] is similar to the gross tonnage of the largest of the container ships that I observed during the making of the work.

Here is a copy of my Statement:


Shipping Translated

The global transportation of produce, goods and waste by increasingly large container ships, and containers moving around the world concealing their contents from general view, demonstrates our mutual interdependence. This includes world wide connections and connections that are not readily apparent.

This interdependence is underlined by the natural environment in which the ships operate. Both sea and sky/clouds are part of the same global water cycle. Furthermore, both are part of global systems of currents; what happens in one place has effects elsewhere.

These global (closed) systems of interconnectedness deeply resonate with three extracts from John Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: 17 – Meditation that influenced my making of this work:

... all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; ...

... No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. ...

... any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind ...

To underline this interconnectedness and interdependence, the entire work was recorded at the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, during lent 2014.


May 2014


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