Personal profile

Vision Statement

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.

Biography

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 three 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.

SELECTED PROJECTS 

  • 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 CeDAREbody ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity at Coventry University, (May 2016)

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the persons scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

Creative economy Arts & Humanities
Vessel Arts & Humanities
Mutability Arts & Humanities
Alienation Arts & Humanities
art Earth & Environmental Sciences
silver Earth & Environmental Sciences
vessel Earth & Environmental Sciences
Merchandise Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2009 2018

Speaking of Diverse Practice: British Art in the 1980s

Racz, I. 1 Sep 2018 I.B.Tauris.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

art

Enid Marx Celebrated

Racz, I. 15 Mar 2017

Research output: Other contribution

Entangled: Threads and Making

Racz, I. 21 May 2017 In : The Journal of Modern Craft. p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Art history

Sculptural Vessels across the Great Divide: Tony Cragg's Laibe and the metaphors of Clay

Racz, I. 23 Feb 2017 The Ceramics Reader. Petrie, K. & Livingstone, A. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

vessel

Craft and the Creative Economy by Susan Luckman - Book review

Racz, I. 15 Dec 2016 In : The Journal of Modern Craft. 9, 3, p. 371-373 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Creative economy
Merchandise

Activities 1998 2017

  • 14 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Publication peer-review

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Racz, I. (Editor)
15 May 2017

Activity: Editorial activity

Artists’ Critical Interventions into Architecture and Urbanism

Racz, I. (Session Chair)
15 Jul 201616 Jul 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Racz, I. (Peer Reviewer)
1 Oct 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review

body ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity Symposium

Racz, I. (Session Chair)
20 May 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

body ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity Symposium

Racz, I. (Co-convenor)
20 May 2016

Activity: Participation in conference