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.

Thursday 23-2-12 NUCA

NUA - weekly MA sessionsPosted by Richard Tue, March 06, 2012 18:10:00

Over the last couple of weeks developing ideas for screen printing and yesterday again tweaked the design - changing from a can - based on a beer can found in the last few weeks to a drinks bottle - prompted by the text I had arrived at - PowerGreed - a subversion of poweraid but based on the two factors that seem most responsible for suffering and exploitation; also I decided that the bottle motif was more clearly identifiable and also had resonances with messages in bottles.

I enjoyed my initial attempt at printing and was somewhat surprised at quite how time consuming it is and so was a little disappointed that I had not been able to make greater progress this afternoon.

It was also good to be introduced to the potential of mono-printing and how this can be combined with exposed screens and/or cut outs.

Guest artist talk - Thomas Kilper - it was fascibating to see and hear of his work and the processes. It was encouraging to find that he was still utilising his political activism background in art - but to promt the viewer to ask difficult questions and to extend their horizons rather than as a call to action. It was interesting to hear that he regarded the cut floor rather than the print thereof as the primary work - to me this seems a little paradoxical - why would the primary work be a mirror image - if it were my work it would be the secondary image that would be the mirror image and the primary image would be as observed by the eye.

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