Saturday, 25 January 2014

examiner's reports

The verdict about my thesis from both examiners is that it will pass with 'Minor amendments', which means: 'minor textual and/or structural amendments are required'. The examiners provided detailed reports (one was 7 pages long) with page numbers so it shouldn't be too difficult to work my way through the document (again!)

There are 5 possible outcomes, from 'No amendments' to 'Fail', so this is a good outcome. Even so, the list of changes is a bit daunting. I suspect it will look more manageable once I have gone through them one at a time.

The general feedback was very positive. Both examiners enjoyed the artwork and the written exegesis. One concluded: 'Overall I felt that it was a successful show which achieved the qualities of the terror of the sublime'. The same examiner also commented on the section entitled 'The Gap': 'In this section the writing of Michelle races - it sparkles!'

The second examiner said: 'Thank you for a very interesting and challenging thesis. The interweaving of imaginal psychology with art practice positioned at the dramatic and huntingly beautiful location of the Gap...., gives rise to an inspiring argument'.

There are suggestions to delete ideas that have not been argued fully which is fine because the overall argument will still prevail. There are also comments about 'generalisations', but mainly I will simply have to delete or briefly substantiate some of my claims.

Unfortunately my supervisor has gone on holidays for 3 weeks, and I will need her help to tease out which changes I should make, which I should argue against - there is at least one instance where I will be doing that.

But it certainly is a relief to know I am nearly there.

Friday, 3 January 2014

back to basics

If you follow my website blog or indulge in Facebook you will have seen these. This is what I have been playing around with in the studio lately (among other things) - Artisan (water soluble oils) - Paynes Gray, Titanium white, a couple of palette knives and some cardboard.

I'm also doing something hybrid (digital combined with real materials) for PIAF this year with the MIX group of artists, and contemplating the Mandorla prize because I have wanted to enter it for decades and this year's theme suits me perfectly (more on that later. If you can't wait for me to blog about it, click on the link).

The first work has been done on panels cut from a very solid waxy cardboard box, the second on black card. A quick coat of gesso and I'm into it. It's liberating not having to paint for something, or worry about whether it's archival quality. I've let go of that idea now, because I can always make anything that works into prints and they can be archival if they need to be.

image 1: The Hangman (after watching the classic film 'Anne of a Thousand Days')
image 2: Floating Cube (original name, eh?)