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Dr Marion Arnold

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Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies

Dr Marion Arnold is an art historian, artist and writer. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Post-Impressionist Vision: a Study of the Work of Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf’, researched early British modernist literature, art theory and Post-Impressionist painting. Her paintings and prints are represented in all major public, corporate and university art collections in South Africa. She has published widely on Southern African art. Books include Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture (1981; updated 1986); The Life and Work of Thomas Baines 1820-1875 (1995, co-authored with Jane Carruthers); Irma Stern: A Feast for the Eye (1995); Women and Art in South Africa (1996); South African Botanical Art: Peeling back the Petals  (contributing editor, 2001), From Union to Liberation: South African Women Artists 1910-1994 (2005; contributing co-editor with Brenda Schmahmann), Art in Eastern Africa (2008, contributing editor).

She lived in Zimbabwe, studied in South Africa, and taught at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, before settling in the UK in 2000. She taught part-time at Birkbeck College, London University, the University of East Anglia, the Norwich School of Art and Design, and Loughborough University, where she now holds a full-time post and teaches Critical and Historical Studies. She was Director of Research Programmes and Postgraduate Research Coordinator inthe School of the Arts from 2009-2013. 

SAA500 Research, Analysis and Study Skills in Art and Design

SAA801 Visual Research in Practice

SAB554 Visual Culture; Histories and Theories

SAA500 Art and Design Dissertation

Contributions to Fine Art programmes and Masters Programmes SAP001, SAP004, SAP009

Marion's current research focuses on Southern African art, colonialism, post-colonialism, women’s art practice, feminist theory, drawing, printmaking, and Southern African Diasporic experience. Her art practice is located in hand-generated imagery related to spatial encounters and memory embodied in cultural artefacts.

Her recently completed projects include, ‘Cutting Anti-Apartheid Images: Bongiwe Dhlomo’s Activist Linocut Prints’ in Impact 6 Proceedings (Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, 2011); ‘The Imprint of South Africa: Narratives by some Black Women Printmakers at the Caversham Press’ in Impact 7: Intersections and Counterpoints (Monash Univ. Publishing, 2013); ‘Here, There and In-Between: South African Women and the Diasporic Condition’ in Women, the Arts and Globalization: Eccentric Experience (ed. Marsha Meskimmon and Dorothy Rowe,  2013); ‘Mind the Gap: Translation in a Fractured African Society’, Third Text v.27, issue 3, May 2013.

Marion's on-going research for a book on The Caversham Press in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, explores work produced at the Press over 25 years, and investigates the print archive as a microcosm of art practice in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa.  It unites Arnold’s interest in drawing, printmaking, writing, artists’ books, art, culture and politics, and women’s visual creativity.  With Marsha Meskimmon, she is co-editing papers from ‘Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies’,  conference held at Loughborough University, July 2012. This includes her own contribution, ‘On Reflection: spatial and metaphoric encounters with home and land, here and there’.

Marion’s current and completed PhD/Mphil students include:

Charlene Clempson: Who Am I? An exploration of objects and memory, co-supervised with Dr. Gillian Whiteley

Joe Graham: Streams of consciousness: Drawing as a method for exploring the subjective structure of the phenomenological “fringe”, co-supervised with Simon Downs

Louisa Parker: Small Stories: contemporary graphic narratives and gendered histories 

Kerry Drum: The Art of Persuasion: The British Animated Public information Film from 1939-2009

Man Ki Park: The Strange Case of the Animated Jekyll's Hyde: A documentary Study of Korean Youth Culture and Identity

Fabia Lin: Doubling the Duality: a theoretical and practical investigation into materiality and embodiment of meaning in the integration of live action and animation.