6 - catalogue components

A body of speculative studio enquiry arising out of PhD research entitled ‘Pragmatics of attachment and detachment: the productive indeterminacy of textile’, prompted a considerable change in methodological approach.  A key development was to shift the agenda of the practice and research from one that was largely dictated by visual culture and the legacies of high modernist abstraction, to one that drew its reference from textile’s own contexts and conventions and position within material culture. A further strategic initiative was to move from an approach where the outcome is clearly defined to one where the outcome is much more provisional. This new strategy of making is manifest through the creation of a ‘catalogue’ of separate elements or components which can be variously configured and reconfigured within an installational context. This arguably allows for a much more playful intuitive mixing of codes and creation of multiple connections across a range of material and semantic contexts and disciplinary traditions. Whilst the multiple, complex, and contradictory conventions of textile provided the initial stimulus for the ‘catalogue components’, the the practice is not limited by textile contexts. Rather, the aim is to maintain a sense of mutability where boundaries are expanded, meaning is not stable but continually in flux, and there is a more reciprocal relationship between the subjective and objective dimensions of the work.

See also:

  • Bristow, M (2012) Staging (and restaging) the specific unspecificity of textile/not textile, University of the Arts London RNUAL Block 2 Research Student Spring Symposium presentation 17th February 2012