Yesterday evenings MA meeting with Angela Rogers was on approaches to academic reading and writing. We were looking at various articles and writing. We were asked to consider our hopes and fears and the importance of developing our own voice and style. Reading widely to write better a wide range of texts, novels, journals and essays. If what we are reading is not feeding you then stop; this I felt was good advice.
Our first piece of text was by Michael Glover about A Wall In Naples 1782; a painting by Thomas Jones. This had been looked at last year and people agreed that the writer had no real relationship with the painting.
The next piece of text was by Donna Tart on The Goldfinch, a painting by Fabritius. In this piece of writing we are asked lots of questions which personalises the writing. Tart draws the reader in and engages the reader.
We were asked next to think of a piece of art that had excited us and to write in the present as if experiencing it now. We were given 10 minutes to write 100 words. After reading out what we had written we were asked to cut it down by about 20 words and to improve what we had written.
I chose a piece of work by Eva Hesse called “Hang Up”, This is my edited piece of writing:-
Hang Up consists of an empty picture frame painted white to grey; extending from it is a steel tube which reaches onto the floor and returns to the frame.This is a piece of art that could be both a painting or sculpture. It has an awkwardness which questions its own role.
The steel tube seems to break out of the frame whilst remaining attached.
This piece intrigues me with its empty picture frame and simplicity.
Our next piece of writing was by Suzi Gablick Chapter 5 : Deconstructing aesthetics Orienting towards the Feminine Ethos, which we had to summarise:
Gablick writes about art in relation to our current aesthetic model and how she feels it is outdated. She talks about how it requires therapeutic attention; by which I feel she is relating to an art practice that is concerned with people and their environment. A more naturalistic view of art practice that is sensitised to our current place in society and the world; is what Gablick hopes to encourage.