Tutorial With Jonathan.

Tutorial with Jonathan Kearney

Thursday, 20th June 2019 at 9.30.  Skype call.

I have proposed a number of new ideas and possibilities for further investigation.  The main intention is to give my project a refreshed purpose and redefine my objectives. I feel that the current possibilities of using the water jet are partially repetitive and exhausted.

I have done a lot of thinking about the forthcoming trip to Burma.  I would like to use this opportunity to gather a new wealth of primary sources for further refinement and development for my project.  I am committed to the overall title: ‘Waiting.  the Uncertainties of Tomorrow.’

The key ideas are as follows:

  •  Photograph people ‘at work’ killing time and playing on their mobile phones, while waiting for the next customer.  Look for potential sources, interview and record street sellers, groups of masseurs outside parlours, beggars and touts in bus stations.
  • Research the time spent waiting for the ‘next’ customer.
  • Hanging about waiting for time to pass.
  • Waiting in anticipation versus disappointment and rejection.
  • Collect relevant fabrics and materials for future paintings.  This would increase their authenticity by adding the element of the primary truth to my work.
  • Replace the water jet with other forms of ‘washing’ images using for instance a washing machine.
  • Triangulate the data by interviewing people in a variety of contexts, the rich and the poor.

Jonathan asked me questions about the jetting process.  He was interested in the decision making process behind the blasting of paintings.  How and when do I know that this is sufficient, completed and finished?  This is a very instinctive and spontaneous response to watching my work being simply washed away.  It is born out of fear and pity to see my work disaster and simply dribble down the drain.

We followed by discussing the washing process.  Jonathan suggested that I should explore the metaphorical meaning of ‘washing’.  He added that use of a washing machine would also gives me less control over the entire process – stone washing, tie and dye, washing with chemicals or just with water, long versus short wash. Jonathan concluded that this should be a very natural process of gathering information for me.

I have completed a substantial draft of my research statement.  I have worked really hard in order to make good progress with this as most of my summer vacation will be consumed by the Myanmar field trip and associated visual research.  I expressed some anxieties about the fact that I am unsure if my work is at the required level.  Jonathan has kindly asked me to email him my current written work before next Tuesday.  I am very grateful to get this additional opportunity to receive feedback about my research statement to maximise possibilities for the successful completion of this assignment.

Following Jonathan’s suggestions, I plan to undertake a critical review of progress and blog entries at key stages of progress and development – reflection ‘in action’ and reflection ‘on action’.

Mind-mapping of ‘WASHING’ with highlighted key ideas.



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