Objects of imagining

Looking at surfaces, marks on walls, water, the sky and searching for images within them is nothing new. I recall looking for recognisable shapes in wallpaper or the clouds from a very young age. Richard Wollheim (1980, p. 205) in his essays on Art and its objects, refers to ‘representational seeing,’ and talks about seeing… Continue reading Objects of imagining

Co-creating

I realise that my playfulness, creative process and the art I produce have similar threads to Dada and I can relate to the ‘readymades’ Marcel Duchamp and his peers brought into the art arena. Whether it is a security alarm, empty rope holder, mechanism on a sewing machine, basket-ball net, door lock or tin-opener, I… Continue reading Co-creating

The Golden Ticket

Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper …and suddenly …from underneath the wrapper …there came a brilliant flash of gold. Charlie’s heart stood still.  “It’s a Golden Ticket!” screamed the shopkeeper, leaping about a foot in the air. “You’ve got a Golden Ticket! You’ve found the last Golden Ticket!” I personally believe that… Continue reading The Golden Ticket

Light bulb moments

We all need those light bulb or Eureka moments. In Greek, Eureka literally means ‘I have found it,’ and was famously shouted by Archimedes in his bathtub, when he discovered the core principle of buoyancy. In 1666, the sight of an apple falling to the ground at his family’s estate in Lincolnshire, inspired Cambridge University… Continue reading Light bulb moments

Entering the play-world

As I begin to embrace playfulness and attempt to recapture a childlike sense of wonder, I do recognise that humour is a key part of my playfulness. There is a teasing element to what I do as I play with words and objects, changing them or taking them out of context to give them status… Continue reading Entering the play-world

Living Playfully

I have been thinking about what I do and why I do it. For me, playfulness is a way of living. It is not the same as play, which is generally considered an activity and has an end, or as the 20th century philosopher Johan Huizinga in his 1949 infamous book, ‘Homo Ludens: A Study of… Continue reading Living Playfully

Understanding playfulness

I am also trying to understand how I use playfulness and arrive at it in my own work. There is definitely an intentionality about it. For example in this current playful project, I go out to look, I find an unsuspecting object, take it out of context, turn it into something else and then with… Continue reading Understanding playfulness

Playful and profound

I have been questioning my own practice and how I work. My inspiration comes from what I see around me, often an object or thing that catches my attention. But it has led me to wonder where my playfulness originates. Do I see the potential of playfulness in something or do I use my attitude… Continue reading Playful and profound

Where playfulness manifests

My supervisors have sent me the challenge of widely researching where, how and by whom playfulness is manifested in today’s world. Whilst I dig deep into the world of academic papers and books, I thought to keep my own personal playfulness alive, I would set myself a challenge. As Lent starts today, I thought I… Continue reading Where playfulness manifests