I am a PhD Candidate in fine Art, lancaster University. My research-driven practice constitutes a quietly persistent probing of the social and aesthetic complexities of values of delicacy principally through the activity of making as drawings. The research process is essentially experimental : probing the boundaries of what drawing does, what it shares, resulting in material tests, the indexical traces of the objects of experiment.
I am currently engaged in a series of collaborations across the country with medics, archaeologists and conservators to explore commonalties between studio methods and these professional practices that cope with delicacy in their routine business to investigate possibilities for hybrid approaches to drawing. This research hinges on the premise: if drawing, historically intimate with knowledge in the sciences (Versalius, Stubbs, Hooke), is now said to mimic everyday acts of touching (Godfrey 2006) and blur distinctions between art and the everyday (Petherbridge 2006), might these scientific practices translate into new means of drawing that present ways of understanding the fugitive and visually elusive?
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