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Title: Love and other stories
Author: Roberts, Hedley
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 4334
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2012
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The doctoral programme has supported my transformation from a printmaker and digital media artist to a painter. It has enabled me to revaluate and re-embrace my practice as an artist, and has brought me to a point where I have focus in my practice in terms of concept, media, technique, methodology and professional practice. My work uses paint and digital media to interrogate the complexity of romantic love and the emotional ‘between-ness’ of relationships. Paint is handled as an expressive, performative medium that aims to capture moments of the artist’s inner dialogue and emotional state. Digital media is used to create moving paintings that meld and conjoin figures to produce troubled, interrupted forms. Oversized watercolour portraits of flirtatious, angry, sad, confused, and unspecified individuals confront us as audience. Images of passionate kisses form psychodramatic landscapes of characters locked in moments of unbridled lust, caring embrace, or dramatic end. Each image is a moment that presages the possibility of tragedy and the loss of the innocent adolescent ideal of the endless embrace. This report is divided into sections. ‘Autobiographical Context’ briefly outlines the 15 years of my practice prior to the programme. ‘Creative Practice and Theory’ forms the main body of my reflective, contextual and critical analysis of my practice throughout the 5 years of the programme. ‘Professional Practice’ provides and annotated resume of exhibitions, presentations and other professional engagements, followed by details of selected projects. The conclusion collates my overall final position. The appendices provide context by outlining an abridged version of Roland Barthes A Lovers Discourse; Fragments, and a list of films that I have watched and analysed, observing at the kiss scenes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral