School of the Arts, English & Drama Outstanding Final Year Student, 2019

Development Trust Award, 2019

Dissertation Spirituality & Abstract Art: A Study of the Paintings of Kandinsky & Rothko.


Year 3 Written Statement

My work is concerned with conveying my interest into the enigmatic nature of reality and consciousness, which is perpetually redefined through breakthroughs in science and quantum physics. I am also motivated by an appreciation of the human body, which is the subject of all my paintings, even if there are no identifiable human features. I have chosen, through studying the work of the early abstract artists — specifically, Kandinsky — and later abstract expressionists — such as Rothko — to utilise abstraction within my paintings, manipulating and distorting the subjects in my paintings to reflect my intrigue into existential matters. I have been acquainted with the intrinsic spiritual aspect and theory of abstract painting — expounded by both Kandinsky and Rothko in their books, Concerning the Spiritual in Art and The Artist’s Reality — and also by contemporary artist, Jungu Yoon, in Spirituality and Contemporary Art: The Idea of the Numinous, which introduced me to the concept of the numinous and sublime, two features I wish to emanate in my paintings. I will help achieve this through working on a larger and impressive scale. Abstract Expressionism is the movement in which I would situate my own practice, as it most evidently influences my own painterly style, importantly, in the approach I take to the physical act of painting: being spontaneous and expressive, trusting the process and my own intuition, not worrying about making mistakes — resulting in a freer and more authentic painting. Situated between abstract art, and abstract expressionism, my own paintings show varying levels of engagement in abstraction, as I try to find the most effective balance between the two.

Year 2 Written Statement

This semester I have investigated the themes The Body and Consciousness, seeing how they can be visually described and abstracted in different ways, specifically considering elements of Geometry: shape, colour, and line, along with incorporating narratives into my outcomes. I was influenced heavily by the modernist De Stijl movement, both conceptually - studying Mysticism, Elementarism and Theosophy, but also visually - in consideration of colour, figuration, and degree of abstraction. In paint, I was influenced by Theo van Doesburg’s Elementarist theories - deconstructing an object into ‘pure’ shape and colour, whilst incorporating an energetic dynamism; inspired by Julie Mehretu’s paintings and sketches. Specifically influenced by Wassily Kandinsky’s, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, I developed my Digital work by depicting my subjects more sensitively; whilst considering the detailed and expressive paintings of Andrew Salgado and Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni. In Photography and Print, I focused on setting a narrative, using small triangular ‘creatures’ created in the metal workshop to symbolise Human Consciousness. Lynn Chadwick and Eva Rothschild’s sculptures provided the stimulus in creating these small ‘life forms’ - a motif in the project. In the former, I drew ideas from Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg with their ‘combines’, and also Hannah Hoch, regarding collage and multimedia, resulting in a trio of final outcomes, each describing the same scene but with different mediums - ranging from 2D painting and collage, to 3D modelling using plaster. Whilst experimenting with the latter, I became acquainted with Mandelbrot’s Set, Fractals and Chaos Theory. I so advanced my screen printed scenes by printing geometric patterns onto nets which I constructed into 3D models, contemplating the structure and geometrical and mathematical shape.

Rosi Braidotti Companalysis 

Year 1 Companalysis Essay 

Comparison of Beatrix Potter’s Mice Sewing the Mayor’s Coat (c.1902) and Marcel Dzama’s Untitled (2002), investigating themes of childhood, stories, and animals.