• Lydia Needle

AF7001 Research Methods

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

▪️Wednesday 30th September Where it all begins

The first thing is, work out what the two different streams of the MA Fine Art are, how they differ, how they overlap.

It feels like an odd thing to tease out - it should be simple but i can’t quite get my head round it. And there’s still a bit of me, the dyslexic, embarrassed side of me that doesn’t want to ask any clarifying questions, in case, you know, i look daft.

But for AF7001, we are focussing on the nature and purpose of research in art, how we personally go about it, what role it play in our practice, what is our paradigm, what umbrella of beliefs do we sit under.

Some thing i want to understand - am I a

practice led researcher

or a

research led practicioner?

I need to put this in to the context of my previous work and compare and contrast with what I want to be focussing on.

My understanding is this:

for the Motheaten Hierarchies, I work within the confines of Practice led research in as much as I know about my audience, I know I‘m making work for the walls of a gallery, I know the sort of message I want to get out there, hopefully I’m making work that might sell and therefore I’ve researched in order to find subjects that might fit that criteria. This is practice led research.

However, as I begin this next stage, I know the subject I want to research and it is that research that is going to lead the way - I have no idea on outcome, methods or indeed methodology. I think this is research led practice....

Words of the week are:

Epistemological = study of knowledge, through the sciences we may find sources for research

Ontological = research more involved with art context

Axiological = questions around ethics and values.

I think.

What I need to do this week:

Mind map my current practice - what have I been doing over the last 5 year/2 years

Mind map what I want to research and explore - how will this differ from what’s gone before, previous practice?

Primary Research = first hand experience, my practice-led studio work, investigate into the work of others, personal correspondence/interviews, one to ones and tactile - must include Cat farm visit.

Secondary Research = texts , online journals, articles other online materials - want to look at the work of environmental focussed artists. But there will be other artists who look at scientific research.

▪️Monday 5th October

A thought came to me. I’ve been trying to work out how I use research in my work, cause I use it a lot but my question is how? What methods do I use?

I start from a place of not knowing. much. but interested in.

This is the block before the make.

I can’t make the work until I have some sort of handle on it so, I read around my subject. This frees me and inspires, sparks the ideas. I can let the facts go when I start making (I often do, they seem less important) if I want.

Collins, H 2019, The theory and practice of research for the creative industries, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London

Gray, Carole & Malins, J 2004, Visualizing research: a guide to the research process in art and design, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Aldershot


So, I hoping to research SOIL







plus worms..... * Why— what gap am I filling - is there a need for my research? Is the ‘need’ the only consideration? What about personal interest - drivers

* How am I going to research - what methodology (really no idea at this point cause I haven’t quite got my head around the whole methodology v methods)

‘Writing within this project Takes multiple roles and voices...analytical and reflective...speculative...’




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