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S-O-T Body Repairs: Narrative Pursuits

School of Arts + Media, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth PL4 8AT, UK
Received: 10 December 2018 / Revised: 15 January 2019 / Accepted: 17 January 2019 / Published: 23 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Glass Art: Materiality and Digital Technologies)
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This paper is a metaphorical extension of my practice of intertwining my conceptual/theoretical development with my personal history. Allowing the autobiographical narrative to become the driver of my practice has had a profound influence on my work. This has resulted in changes in the intention and scale of my work and new approaches to making, with a re-evaluation of the hierarchy of processes and materials. Written as a reflective case study, from a practice-led research perspective, the paper illustrates a realignment in creative methodology from a craft-based practitioner specialising in kiln-formed glass, to that of a mixed media sculptor. This transition was made in response to my desire to break free of my perceived confines as a craft practitioner, with a focus on technical excellence and the predominant language of glass, and place the concept at the forefront of my practice. This enabled me to explore the relationship of personal geographies of landscapes, to inform my prevailing concepts of corporeal vulnerabilities, in a more integral way. S-O-T Body Repairs was the title of a solo exhibition that sprang from this body of research and is discussed in this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: narrative; materiality; corporeal; auto ethnographic; place; values; art glass; readymade; sculpture; craft narrative; materiality; corporeal; auto ethnographic; place; values; art glass; readymade; sculpture; craft

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