Visual Enquiry and Research Methods - The Reflexive Practitioner.

What is it to be human.
Reflexology is pro-active, forward thinking. I wake myself up. I paint myself.
Learning happens during normal working practice.
Look at the way you work. Know where to position your work.
You may be confessional, but keep your distance.
Look at processes and objects objectively, even though art comes from the subjective self.
Do new things. Practice art research. Follow curiosity.
Don't become slick, recycling your own style or following dead-end practices.

ENVY points you to where you want to be.

What is your studio for? What do you do in your studio? What do you do that you don't want to do? How do you set up your studio? Is it working for you?

Experience > Observe > Evaluate > Rethink > Plan > Experience II >>> Iterations

Observations and reflective strategies.
> move it
> sit with it
> draw it
> photograph it and draw on the photo
> write with metaphor and ask questions
> put it in a different environment
> place it next to other work


How do you know if your work works?

Outside the studio:
Understand the field of Fine Art. Who does it, where is it produced? Where and when are works experienced or consumed? Evaluation by critics, specialist magazines, media, galleries, auctions.

Intentions of Art > it does not solve real world problems.

Be open to new and multiple interpretations of artworks. Debate and discuss processes and the meanings that come out of them. Question the contexts in which art is made.

Recognise and acknowledge whose work you are building on.
Be transparent in your methods and open about your methodology.
Be rigorous in your recording.
Be prepared to justify your methods.
Don't confuse effort and quantity with quality.
Be careful of using theory to justify artwork.
Be modest in your claims.
Be honest with yourself.