Breaking as making: A methodology for visual work reflected in writing

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Mary Anne Francis suggests; ‘‘that an artist’s writing should aspire to
the condition of well, yes, art’’ (2009: 3). As an artist, rather than analysing
the thinking within my artwork I attempt to reflect the approach of artwork
in writing. ‘Breaking'’ is the main theme running through my artwork and
writing and in addition both have developed to use breaking as a
methodology. Since the methodology and subject are both ‘breaking’ it is
difficult to distinguish in writing where one stops and the other starts; both
contribute to understanding the experience of the other.

To make writing I literally physically cut up previous versions, add new
additions on post-it notes and completely rearrange it, before then
rewriting. As this practice has developed I realised there is also a strong
theme of breaking on a philosophical level. This revolves around
Benjamin’s allegory, Derrida’s break and Frey’s fragmentary as
constituting a different order to that based on the whole. Through these
philosophies of breaking I will propose a space for making art that reflects
the elements of risk, uncertainty and paradox.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt and Destruction
EditorsJennifer Walden
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781443849005
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


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