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.

How important is an understanding of context, in the development of your practice?

NUA - weekly MA sessionsPosted by Richard Wed, October 31, 2012 11:27:18

The following question was suggested for my reflection:

"How important is an understanding of context, in the development of your practice?"

Having reflected over the last six days on this question of context here are some thoughts:

I accept that context is important to my work.

I am aware that my personal history, my research, both general and specific, and my world view from a faith perspective, all intertwine to inform and inspire my work.

The associciations with how the work is displayed also impact the reading of the work, and I think it is good if the work is able to transform the space in which it is located, or to at least engage with it.

However I also realise that the viewer will also come with their own context or "cloud" and this will impact on how they receive and perceive the work.

Thus I think that the context can be changeable and ephemeral, depending on the preoccupations of the maker or the viewer at that particular time. The context of making and viewing is a complex multilayed changing sea that I find, is advisable to try and assess; however, I do not think I will ever be able to truly fully understand it.

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