Research Output per year
I have a deep interest in objects, materials and embodied practices. Objects and sculpture are of the world and yet speak beyond the material everyday. Just as we experience the world both physically and mentally, art can trigger and enlarge these memories and ideas. I see my research as exploring part of what it is to be human.
Since completing my PhD on Henri Laurens (2000), I have been researching more contemporary sculptural and object-based practices. My recent book Art and the Home; Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday, (I. B. Tauris 2015) is a thematic investigation into how post-war British and American artists interpreted the abstract concepts that we have about the home, including enclosure, alienation, sentiment, female space, and the unmade house.
My current research has been focused on British art of the 1980s, in particular making, materials and identity. My forthcoming book Speaking of Diverse Practice: British Art in the 1980s, (I. B. Tauris, 2019) is a book of interviews that will be thematically organised, allowing for the overlaps and juxtapositions of practices to be revealed.
I am an experienced examiner, being external examiner at the Slade – MA Fine Art (History and Theory) and at Wolverhampton University – BA (hons) Contextual Studies. I served as external panel member for approving the suite of BA (hons) Contemporary Practice Progression Awards at franchise colleges for Staffordshire University (April 2015).
At PhD level, I have six completions in practice led work and art history. I am currently supervising five students. I chair PhD vivas and have examined both internal and external PhDs.
I am a member of the Association of Art Historians and panel member the Special Interest Group: Further and Higher Education.
I am Reviews Editor for the Journal of Visual Art Practice
Evaluating the social benefits of participation in creative community projects: Co-Supervised, cross-school PhD with Dr Philip Dunham in geography. An ERSC funded CASE Collaborative PhD with Imagineer Productions. Completed 2015.
The Day in a Life: An online interview for the Association of Art Historians that is one of a community of interviews where art historians describe what they do. ‘The Day in the Life of an Art Historian’.
Co-convened cross-school, international conference with Professor Whatley and Dr Emma Meehan: Memory ^ Sentiment ^ Body ^ Space ^ Object: Dialogues Across and Between Dance and Art, Coventry University, (2015).
- Co-convened cross-school, international conference between Art and Design and CeDARE: body ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity at Coventry University, (May 2016)
- Co-convened cross-school, international conference betweeen Art and Design and CeDaRE: Drawing Conversations 2: Body Space Place
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Activities per year