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Title: Mirror to my thoughts
Author: Abdu'Allah, Faisal
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 4326
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2012
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Mirror to My Thoughts evolved from three dialogues. It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon and, as I sat meditating my attack on my beloved Apple Crumble, Pete Cobb leaned to my left and asked if I had considered a Doctorate. Naturally I was mildly perplexed at the distraction, but in the same breath intrigued. Could it be simply the right place, the right time? Some weeks earlier, Stanford University were in negotiations with me regarding a visiting professorship for the fall which incorporated a retrospective exhibition curated by Professor Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz. I did the calculations – dates, times, what was required, but, more importantly, whether I was able to intellectually abridge 20 years of practice into a single document that would come to fruition in the same season. It seemed appropriate. Some time after Pete Cobb's proposition, I sat in my studio and listed my entire life's work, arranging it into major themes. It was at this point I began to see reflecting back at me a concentrated, complex, thought-provoking resource that was honest and true. Works on identity, perception and degrees of separation were just a few themes that were referenced in a number of key works. In 2009-10, I was blighted by graduate students sending email requests for images and essays and the fact became clear that a lifetime of work flying solo had not been misspent. Unearthing, compiling, cutting and soul-searching has enabled me to pen this moment in my practice entitled Mirror to My Thoughts.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral