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.

Dickens and London [Sat 2012-01-28]

Research VisitPosted by Richard Tue, January 31, 2012 20:05:11
This was a moving exhibition, it showed that gin remained a problem a century after Hogarth.

The video based on the text of his night walks and using current video footage from 2011 was particularly evocative - clearly demonstrating that the problem of social injustice remains with us 200 years after his birth.

I also found the final information panel - about Dickens's Legacy to be very apposite, viz:

... Dickens tracks a changing society in an industrial age. Many aspects of his work are profoundly unsettling, especially his insistent descriptions of the terrible living conditions of the poor whose sufferings were largely ignored.

Dickens's ultimate aim was to reform and improve society. He attacked financial fraud, Government incompetence, 'red tape' [a term that he invented] and inadequate education. Sadly, inequalities and poverty still exist in London, still blighting lives. ...

I hope that I can make similarly unsettling and challenging work as I seek to address issues of social injustice at the start of the twenty-first century.

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