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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.

Grayson Perry

Other Research Posted on Wed, June 20, 2012 20:43:54

I have been fascinated to watch the three part channel 4 documentary All In The Best Possible Taste, which has documented GP as he conducted his research for making six large tapestries, The Vanity of Small Differences, about the remaining differences in British classes. I was particularly struck by how much he was influenced by relies paintings of the past and by the work of Hogarth, Particularly The Rakes Progress series of paintings [and etchings] – GP even, inspired by Hogarth, included a dog in each work.

I am hoping to be able to make time to be able to see the tapestries at the Victoria Miro in London next Thursday [28 June].

Wednesday 2012-06-20

Other Research Posted on Wed, June 20, 2012 20:30:57

Over the last few days I have found a number of additional sources of research for refugee/ people smuggling and people trafficking.

This has included:

– three iPhone apps, with a fourth due for imminent release;

– several iTunes U podcasts, including material from the Open University, University College London, and Stanford;

– UN reports from both UNHCR and UNODC as well as United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons and the United Nations Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking

I have bookmarked and made pdf copies of these found resources and downloaded the relevant podcasts and apps for further study in due course. I have also used my twitter micro blog to bookmark many of these resources and to raise awareness about them.

Etching Workshop 2012-06-19

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Wed, June 20, 2012 20:14:03

I found it satisfying to spend the morning making three more prints together with “offset” prints on tissue paper from each of the 3 prints.

I was also encouraged by the prints that I had made last week now that they were all dry; so I am looking forward to collecting the 3 new prints tomorrow [Thursday 21 June].

I have also found a few used boxes that I might be able to use to house the prints, duly completed with the details of each of the gleaning visits to the beach.