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Material and Process

Material and Process

The critical base here is a concern for the particular forms of thinking, creativity and engagement associated with, and specific to, materials and processes. It is set against the background of the availability of new technologies and methods, and also of a critical and historical understanding of traditions and orthodoxies associated with established disciplines and areas of enquiry.

Material, Process and Making

For example, Nick Fox through painting, video and drawing, explores floriography, its links to desire and longing, and the interface between ‘art’ and crafts. Questions about material and process act as departure points for research relating to content, intention and form; the relationship of practice to 'tradition', 'craft' and the notion of discreet 'disciplines'; issues of collaboration with other artists or with technical specialists/manufacturers and reliance on the expertise of others; the impact of new knowledge and technologies on practice and the relationship of theory and history to practice. Researchers whose work overtly or otherwise engages with this territory are Andrew Burton, Katie Cuddon, Richard Talbot, Alan Turnbull, Catrin Huber, Chris Jones, Christian Mieves and Erika Servin.