Professional Interview - Jack Welsh, Jeremy Turner and Cian Quayle. 4th March 2020.


Presented to Jeremy Turner (Deputy Head of Department), Cian Quayle (Associate Professor) & Jack Welsh (Freelance researcher, writer and artist).

As my practice is very diverse and my portfolio rather eclectic I opted to make a PowerPoint presentation. This, I hoped, would be the most effective method of presenting a broad overview of my interests and skills, and enable me to illustrate how ‘joining the dots’ has played such an important part in my degree studies.

I spent some time researching my interviewer, Jack, and was encouraged by his own eclecticism, I read several of his articles, as well as his contribution to the book “On Being Curious: A New Critical Writing on Contemporary Art from the North-West of England”, which I loaned from the University Library.

As my icebreaker and to set an agenda for the presentation I took Jack’s own “Little Black Book” profile from The Double Negative website and cannibalised it, in a humorous homage. [At the time of writing I have yet to receive feedback for this presentation.]

This approach allowed me to illustrate different yet connected elements of my study, research and practice and included digital modifications, appropriated images in collage, a sample of my own writing and my work as it connects to the artists Asger Jorn, Jamie Reid and Linder Sterling.



My fractured image collage on to screen print and work by Linder Sterling that I did not discover until several months later.



My collage onto appropriated/found painting which led me to Asger Jorn's Disquieting Duck and much later to Jamie Reid's No Feelings.

It is these random associations and visual 'sparks' that ignite and thus lead me down myriad avenues of research. See also my Blog "Connections - My Collage and the Met".

I reflected upon the fact that, as a mature student, my reasons for studying are different to those of my younger classmates, and that far from being the starting point for a new career, I had undertaken the degree initially as a project for self-fulfilment. Focusing on and planning for the interview helped me recognise, that whilst I have enjoyed as anticipated, the making and the practical aspect of my degree, I have been surprised by how much more I have enjoyed researching and writing, both for dissertation and for contextual research.

Using PowerPoint allowed me to achieve a number of things I felt were important in presenting myself and my work –





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