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.

This Week

GeneralPosted by Richard Sat, January 28, 2012 06:49:54
It was a relief to have passed and to receive such positive feedback for my first MA [Research into Practice] unit on Thursday [2012-01-26].

[NB I have published the video Art Experiment 1 (that was submitted for RiPu) on youtube]

It has been frustrating to not yet be able to find the ocean and ecology research body with related low tide study that Carl referred to - I will need to follow this up with him when I next see him.

Yesterday [2012-01-27] afternoon I returned to the same stretch of Felixstowe beach to again gather detritus from human activity; again my partner accompanied me and documented some of the gathering photographically. As I gathered I reflected further on the feedback - about the gathering being performance - I contemplated whether this could be perhaps made more obvious by my choice of inapt clothing - such as a smart suit or my Ice Hockey Kit! This was partly prompted by the research I had done in the morning into the work of Doug Fishbone - and how in his recent film, Elmina, he as a western white man represents a black African farmer whilst the rest of the cast are all African and the incongruity is ignored.

My previous weekly session was last Sunday [2012-01-22]; on both of these 2 recent occasions it has been interesting to find more thread/twine etc entwined in seaweed on what appears to be the high tide strand line, yet the sea has been much calmer than in December - but there has been a more definite strand line and an increase in that detritus that is intertwined with the seaweed - not less as might have been intuitively expected.

Today I am looking forward to spending the day in London where I hope to visit the Tate Modern, the Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London and perhaps either the Foundling Hospital or the Whitechapel Gallery.

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