Reflections on The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Gaffney, Sheila (2015) Reflections on The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. [Creative Project]

Abstract

"Reflections on The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" is creative project by Sheila Gaffney, which was disseminated simultaneously as an exhibition and published written narrative. Research Process: In this project Gaffney demonstrates publicly the way in which life writing, as part of her methodological proposition “Embodied Dreaming as a sculptural practice informed by an idea in the psychoanalytical writings of Christopher Bollas”, reveals the interpretative approaches that she uses and the considerations she makes in her artistic research. The written element, which Gaffney considers to be a live backstory of her making process, uses particular psychoanalytical ideas of Christopher Bollas as a way to show her insight of the mental activity that is in play in when she is making sculpture. Gaffney also uses Bollas’s ideas within her written narrative to explore the formational learning experience of a sculpture student, in preparation for entering sculpture in Britain, in the English art school, in the period which she studied. Research Insights: This creative project provides insights into the practice research question that asks: how can sculpture convey what it is like to inhabit a woman’s body as the researcher knows it, which is differently positioned from the masculine contributions to the history of figuration that constitute the European and British sculptural canon from Rodin to the present day? Dissemination: This work was part of “Thought Positions in Sculpture”, an exhibition created and curated by academic Dr Rowan Bailey at Huddersfield Art Gallery. A one-day symposium also accompanied the exhibition called “Thought Positions: Between Sculpture and the Archive”, which included speakers from Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds Arts University, Henry Moore Institute and the Tate. The written text has been published and disseminated through the University of Huddersfield, and there is a related video-recorded interview on Vimeo.

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