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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.

25 Sep 2012 Site Gallery

Research Visit Posted on Mon, October 15, 2012 16:17:45

It was interesting to see the range of work in this show by Pilvi Takala. I was especially impressed by the installation comprising three different screens, two showing a different chapter in the work where she had filmed herself within an office environment, and the other displaying the internal emails that her unusual behaviour had provoked.

22 Sep 2012 Nature, Art and God

Research Visit Posted on Mon, October 15, 2012 12:54:04

This was the first session in the Nature, Art and God series, at the Edmund Centre For Arts & Theology [ECAT].

This was led by the artist Mark Cazalet [for more information on Mark please see his own website].

Mark introduced his practice describing a key element as “imagining the gaps between the words”. He went on to argue that art and theology is never closed but always a discussion and that artists are most cogent when they question. Indeed much of artistic practice is about loosing and finding and persevering. He also saw himself as a flaneur as he asked where is beauty and where is divine. He also referred to Paul Clay stating that art makes visible – art suggests not describes; so can state things one way and then look at the opposite.

This I found resonated with some of my practice as I wander as a flaneur seeking to ask questions whilst noticing the mundane environment.

Reflective Journal

General Posted on Mon, October 15, 2012 11:13:40

I am now going to use this blog and a hand written notebook as two parts of my reflective journal as sometimes it seems more apposite to use that specific format.

This conclusion, and reflections on my work and practice can be found in the critical evaluation that I produced in August, a copy of which I have attached below:

The Pecha Kucha that I had previously worked on earlier in the summer also helped to inform and develop my critical evaluation; this Pecha Kucha is attached below:

I am also continuing to maintain my twitter feed, including highlighting matters of social interest and concern. I realise that this has become an important part of my practice.