Contouring with a sweeping brush as a catalyst for social engagement and urban renewal

Shepley, Alec (2018) Contouring with a sweeping brush as a catalyst for social engagement and urban renewal. In: Art, Materiality and Representation, 1-3 June 2018, British Museum, London, UK.

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Abstract

Ruins make for a naturally good metaphor for my circumstance as an artist and a human being, in that they provide me with both a symbol for my uncertainty and supply a kind of creative energy that I can channel and a psychological space I can occupy. They seem paradoxical - pointing in two directions. In one direction, they point towards the past, something lost or fading away and yet they also seem to point simultaneously to something yet to be – something as yet undetermined - something that indicates possibility or hope. They are incomplete, contradictory, ambivalent. They signal doubt and uncertainty. But at the same time, they are embryonic - marching time - waiting. To me ruins are dynamic, energizing, enthralling. In this presentation, I reflect on some of the works I have been making in relation to ruin, waiting and the unfinished.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Divisions: Creative Arts
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 12:27
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 12:27
URI: http://glyndwr.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17351

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