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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.

Refugee Week Ipswich Launch 2012-06-18

Research Visit Posted on Mon, June 18, 2012 15:30:07

It was good to attend this event, to have a couple of brief discussions and to gather some printed materials – especially the booklet of refugee stories that are especially relevant to Ipswich.

I look forward to studying this material and to attending further events this week.



Further Useful Websites 2012-06-18

Other Research Posted on Mon, June 18, 2012 12:05:19

Over the last few days I have been pleased to be able to locate a number of additional resources. These include:

Ric Stott, an artist, Methodist Minister and Art Psychotherapist; some of his art work deals with challenging social ethical issues.

Refugee Week, this runs from 18 to 24 June this year, and I am hoping to be able to attend a number of the events as part of my research. To this end I have booked my place on the Ipswich Sanctuary Sunday event and I am going to go to the Ipswich Launch event that is taking place today.



Etching Workshop 2012-06-14

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Mon, June 18, 2012 11:30:55

I enjoyed making my first prints from the plate I had finished preparing a week earlier.

I was pleased with the proof so I continued to print several copies as I intend to use the prints as a log on which I will record the details of each of my gleaning visits to Felixstowe beach. I used a number of offcuts of paper as I intend to trim the prints to be only a little larger than the plate. This enabled me to experiment with different types of paper and for future work I am attracted by the warmer off-white paper [e.g. this would be good to use for my litho print]. I was also able to experiment with the effect of producing two and then three prints from the same inked plate and also of producing, in effect an offset print, from the fresh print onto the ultra-thin backing paper [which can still be viewed as a non-mirror image through the paper]:

I would quite like to use this as the top, blank sheet of the log. I am thinking of using a simple small cardboard box to house the completed prints, possibly covered in old newspaper fragments to resonate with the finds; the top of the box could include a copy of the print, rather than it being the top sheet inside the box. I am looking forward to exploring this further when I have completed all the prints.



Thursday 2012-06-14

NUA - weekly MA sessions Posted on Mon, June 18, 2012 11:01:05

The session was led by Richard Peat and provided some useful information about the support that is available in planning how to develop my career as an artist.

It has been good to be able to download and revisit the presentation.

I was also pleased to submit my learning agreement for the Self Negotiated Unit [SNU] and I have attached a PDF copy to this post: