research - connectionsart historymusicdancewritinggeneral historygeography/placecontemporary practicescience
reflective journalthere are two types of reflection- reflection-in-action(thinking on your feet)- reflection-on-action(retrospective thinking).
a journal is a place for...Recordingthoughts, ideas, observations, thingsReflectingto gain understandingAnalyzingto further your learningConcludingsetting out what you have thoughtabout
contentrawun-thought-out observationsrecorded close to the actionthink police note bookreflectionstuff you have thought aboutconnectionsnotes on the unexpected
questionswhat happened?why did it happen?what do I think about this?what should I do as a result of this?how do I do this?
your making - contextual frameworkprocess/materials politicalpersonal critical/theoreticalhistorical geographicalinstitutional cultural
process/materialsWhat materials or process’s do you use?Why do you use them?What is your relationship to process?
political contextspecific political issuebroad political issuegender - race - ethnicity - sexualorientation - class - disability - religion
personal contextBiography - narrative of the selfparticular issues - memoriesWhat motivates/ drives you?Your particular skills as an artist/designer/writer/photographerHow do you relate to the forces that inpart condition what you know and inwhich you make things?
critical/theoretical contextDoes your work relate to particularcritical debates about contemporary artand design practices?Is your work informed by/engagingwith/contesting particular theoreticalframeworks/issues?
historical contextUnderstand how/whether your practicerelates to a tradition, with a historyHow knowledge relates to periods intime.
geographical contextLocal, regional, national, international,global.Where do you make your work?Do you make your work in relation to aparticular place?studio home church city rural cyberspace
institutional contextMA Course -Your educational background/experienceYour professionalbackground/experienceYour family background/experience
cultural contextIn it’s broadest sense - ‘a whole way oflife’ - this relates to all the othercategories.Specifically, what works of artists,designers, writers, filmmakers,photographers, musicians are importantto you and your work - why?Who is the audience for work –
mapping your practiceAny other contexts worth considering?ImportanceOverlappingchange - evolution of practice
5 single sentencescompose a sentence for each of the first 5 keywords1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -
the artist statementwrite a draft - you could use the 5/10 keywordsand the 5/10 sentences and build from there.asking a colleague to say what they think yourpractice is about can be useful and illuminatingway to start.anywhere from 100-500 words usually.
soQuestions that your workpromotesdevelop 3 questionsthat you ask about your workthis might be issues around yourintentions
whatwhat do you want youraudience to get fromyour work?
soQuestions that your workpromotesdevelop 3 questionsthat you think the audience asks of yourwork
soQuestions that your workpromotesdevelop 3 questionsthat you want the audience to ask
identifying goals(direction and progression).Identify key areas in which you would like todevelop - exhibitions / artist talks / publicity /application success rate / number of projects eachyear / regional - national - international / financialgoals also - mixed economy / workshops /teaching / also further study / travel / creativedevelopment / funding application.
aspirationdevelop 5 words that definewhere you want to get to.
where - visibilityShowing workCompetitionsGiving work in progress a titleWorking with people (residency)e-mailPrinted MaterialApplications (selection panels)Catalogues/booksPortfolio sessionsPersonal websitesCollective websites e.g. AxiswebPress releasesBlogsTwitterFace book
whatwhat one thing will youdo as a result of todayssession?
Form - describe what you seeColour schemeOne colour or dominantPrinciple shapesTexturesArrangement of the elements in the workRelationship to Content
Process - how it becameWhat materialsProcesses and techniquesHow was the work madeWith whatWhat toolsHow and where was the work begunWhat skills were used
Context - extending beyondthe physicalWhat is the work aboutWhat is its subject matterOvert Vehicle for social religious moralpolitical concernsObserved directly remembered imaginedRepresentational or distortedWhySuperficial or hidden meanings
Mood - bringing yourself intothe picture - empathyHow does the work affect youDoes it relate to a mood feeling or emotionyou have experiencedArtists/designers feeling during the makingof the workQuiet/noisy happy/sad
what is your connection to theseimages?• Describe what you see• Consider what you think about it• How could this inform your work?• What is the next thing to do?