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.

Group Crit [2012-03-22]

NUA - weekly MA sessionsPosted by Richard Thu, April 05, 2012 15:57:09
The group crit, and subsequent reflection, has helped me to crystallise some of my thinking if not really moving me forward in discerning the practical realisation of the work.

i.e.

1. The juxtaposition between paused TV images and work deriving from gleaning detritus (from the beach) is a metaphor for how we are pre-occupied by the trivial (e.g. not wanting to miss a second of some trashy tv) whilst at the same time we damage our environment - both natural and human.

2. As I remain concerned with social ethics more broadly, I do not want to specifically locate my work merely with pollution and environmental concerns. Indeed the [images of the] rubbish are being used by me as a metaphor for how we mistreat one another. This seems to also resonate with much of my earlier work, especially Damaged [about people trafficking] and The Royal Estate, Paradise part 2, and Paradise Circus [which dealt with homelessness and personal vulnerability].

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