Practice-based research: Reflecting on how crossing creative disciplines impacts upon cultural value.
(2014) Practice-based research: Reflecting on how crossing creative disciplines impacts upon cultural value., no. 34.
The purpose of this dissertation was to make a reflective analysis of how crossing disciplines in creative practice might impact upon cultural value. I used my own practice as a case study, and engaged with aesthetic theory to provide theoretical grounding for the analysis. Activities for reflection were the creation of a series of paintings, along with a collection of garments and textile objects; the objective was to apply the fine art aesthetic to the design objects for the creation of a cohesive body of work. Consideration was made of how fine art practice is afforded a higher level of cultural value in aesthetic theory, when compared with crafts or applied arts. These ideas were explored before giving reflective accounts of the conflicting ways of working whilst trying to integrate the two practices. Reflections on the works discuss the commodification of my practice and engagement with capitalist ideology, and how this conflicts with the notion of autonomous artistic practice. The conclusion indicates that the craft and applied arts activities were detrimental to the painting practice, because the aesthetic of the design pieces lacked the authenticy and energy of the painted pieces. This conclusion is advised be conceived as specific to this body of work, and not intended as a hierarchical judgement in general terms.