Week 5 – Archaeologies of essay 

For my essay I have chosen to look at the reading material given to us in week 2, ‘The minds eye’ by Joseph Jastrow. After a few reads of this piece I began to fully understand what he was trying to say and the theories being put across. I found this approach of viewing the world interesting and new. It really excited me that I understood what was being said and I for once have confidence in what I was writing about!

My essay question:

“What are the differences between ‘ambiguous’ and ‘realistic’ to express a meaning or message?”

To begin:

Ambiguous: adjective – open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.

Realistic: adjective – representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or familiar.

To construct my essay I had to break down each paragraph and formulate the appropriate information and theories into the right order. I began by introducing my author, text and theories. Then I wrote about my theories,my thoughts and the views of Joseph Jastrow. Followed by how I was going to evidence my theories. Lastly to conclude, I highlighted why I chose this piece of literature and the affects it will have on my practice, illustration. My conclusion also covered the take home message the author was trying to portray. Here is my structure in full…



Week 4 – Archaeologies of practice 

Reading material: Pages of ingold

What I gained from this lecture:

The kite represents the dancing agency, triangle also known as the threesome. Made from three parts this allows me to formulate my work. The kite itself needs the kinetic energy in roger to fly. This is the push and pull we relay back into our work. Without of the the three agents or points in the triangle, meaning the push or pull, I would not be able to produce my work or the kite would fail to fly. 

Week 2 – Archaeologies of the present 


Reading Materials: Extract from Tonkinwise – design away and ‘The minds eye’ by Joseph Jastrow

What I gained from this lecture:

We all interpret the world through our senses, but the results of what we see can differ from person to person depending on emotion, experiences and personalities. I enjoyed this lecture as I understood what the reading materials was about. Although it took me a few attempts at reading the text, I finally understood what Joseph was trying to say. 

Week 1 – Archaeologies of the body


Reading Materials: Extract from Johshon .M – the meaning of the body

What I gained from this lecture: 

I was very confused throughout this session. I found the text very difficult and heavy to read…help!


Before uni I attended the Brit School for Performing Arts in London for four years. With my main subject being art, I was able to explore many ways of working, different types of clients, different types of materials and techniques. I was also able to get a good understanding of what it is like to work and collaborate with other artists. I would say that I have a broad understanding of how to produce art work and ideas effectively and quickly. 

Before the Brit School, my experience with schooling and education was effected by bullying. But this never interrupted my art work. If anything it has encouraged me to persue a better life doing what I love. I want to show them bullies that nothing will get me down and that I’m better than them. You could say that this is my reason for going to uni!

Reflecting over the past academic year I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. As the first year of uni I wasn’t to sure what to expect. But at the same time I have had some challenges. Another reason for choosing an art and design based course is down to my dyslexia. Being a strongly creative person I sometimes find learning academically challenging, essay writing for example.

The first piece of writing through constellation was difficult for me. As a result of not completely understanding the subjects content, the content of my essay wasn’t correct. This I find is a reoccurring problem. Due to the pace of my brains intake of information, I have found it takes me twice as long as other people to understand such things as art movements or political issues. 

On the other hand, I have just written a 2500 word essay about ‘meaning and minimalism’ that I can say I am honestly really proud of. It took me a while to understand the minimalist movement, but I wrote the essay all by myself and it made perfect sense! Even though I struggle with academic writing, the opportunity to include my personal opinion in my essay has excited me for the next assignment. I love expressing how I felt and what I already knew. I have really taken an interest in the simplicity of art work the artist of the minimalist movement have produced. I see this as something I can reflect in my own work.

In terms of feedback and criticism, I am open and considerate. When discussing my essay I can usually expect to receive a small amount of positive feedback, my art work varies depending on the subject of my project. I do attend all my feedback sessions and always try to impact my new work with previous improvement suggestions. But being an artists, I have a style and a way of working. This can something impact the way I develope new projects. I can be stubborn. Considering  help, I have turned to my tutors for moral and developmental support. I do find myself asking for the opinions of others, as I think it’s important to produce art work  considering new trends within the eyes of the audience. 

Through expanding my vocabulary and improving my visual language, I want to work much harder next year. By improving my level of work there should be a higher demand to the amount of work I produce. Carrying on to the second year, I wish to push myself much more. The tendency to depend on tutors to spoon feed me needs to stop and I feel I have the potential to improve independently. I have become more confident in my work, but I also have times when I am anxious as to the feedback I am going to receive. I wish to be able to grow so confident in myself that the opinion of others can be taken lighter and be a minor factor to the next piece of work I produce. 

I am really excited for the second year of my course and I can’t wait to explore new ideas and begin new new projects. The summer project we have been given is the perfect runner up to next year. I see it as a test to show my potential and worthiness for my place on the course. Let’s do it!