Ballycastle Vignettes: Lucy O'Donnell
This project aims to generate practice which tests a methodology as part of my PhD. The notions of liminality and dialogue are key arguments of debate.
They drive the project and interweave through numerous other arguments, sometimes appearing as focal points of discussion, or as an aspect which informs
my analytical position.
This practice led exploration uses phenomenological sensitivity of lived experience to question the potential of drawing and writing as process and
outcome. Through practice and observation of these my research asks how drawing and writing can be understood as both liminal and dialogic. Asking
how inscription can be indicative of liminal space, questioning this space as a dialogic or vocative experience and draw by marking spaces with
inscriptions, sounds and my body.
My methodology recognises Hans-Georg Gadamer’s notion that any encounter with art is unfinished. This incomplete event I perceive is perpetuated
by wonders mercurial flux which I utilise to elude imposed or common conventions found in syntax structures inherent to marked articulation.
Nicholas Davey identified dialogic relationships between theory and practice as initiating capacity for restructuring. I have identified four core
areas of debate to develop a methodology by using phenomenology, embodiment, dialogue and ekphrasis which allows for open-ended (or circular) methods
of wandering which I suggest perpetuates sensibilities of becoming. This methodology intends to set up an opportunity to question drawing and writing
as inscribed formats and bodily utterances into vignettes, reforming thoughts and acts of lived (and arguably irreplaceable) experience.
Aims and Objectives / Questions
A practice led phenomenological exploration of poesis that argues for inherent parallels between drawing and writing as dialogic and perpetuating becoming.
- To adopt drawing as research method to wonder.
- To examine wonder as method and affective state questioning if this sensibility is self perpetuating asking if to wonder is to set adrift and wander.
- To question if wandering is inherent to poesis as dialogic experience.
- To apply notions of Davey’s theoria as a dialogic strategy to explore how notions of poesis and becoming may negate obligations to closure in practice led research.
- To conduct a phenomenological investigation of the parallels between drawing and writing as embodied, identifying how passive and physical acts as live event are significantly vocative.
- To develop a methodology which plays upon the rebus scenario of drawing and writing which privileges four key arguments of debate phenomenology, embodiment, dialogue and Ekphrasis.
- To ask if and how drawings ‘support’ or ‘form’ influences the process of marking by focusing upon the potential of digital and analogue formats.
- To ask how the lexicon of drawing affects relationships with audience.
- To share Ballycastle Vignettes as MP3 sound works and digital images on TRACEY Project Space.
Lucy O’Donnell is an artist teaching and studying her PhD at Loughborough University School of The Arts. Exhibitions Include: On Your Marks:
Parfitt Gallery Croydon, Drawings in Conversation: The Chapter House Lincoln Cathedral, The Court House Gallery: Co-Mayo Ireland, The Royal Mint London,
The Horniman Museum London, Modern Life and Art: Casa Mia Gallery Tokyo and Osoka Japan and Ricklundsgorden Museum Sweden.
Gadamer’s art as unfinished event see Gadamer, Hans-Georg. 1989. Truth and Method : translation revised by Joel Weinsheimer and Donald
G. Marshall, 2nd rev.ed. New York: Continuum.
Davey, Nicholas. 2006. Art and Theoria. In: Macleod, K & Holdridge, L. Thinking Through Art reflections on art as research.Routledge.2006
Vignette is a noun describing ‘a brief evocative description, account, or episode’. It is also described as an illustration or photograph which
fades into the background without a definitive border. Its origin is late Middle English, also used as an architectural term denoting a carved
representation of a vine, from French, diminutive of vigne 'vine'. Oxford dictionaries on line.