Wendy and I had a 1-2-1 to discuss my ideas around my final major project proposal. Firstly, I shared my very draft project title and project description.
Thursday 6th June
Rosemary Wise (Botanic Illustrator) and I met last week and discussed my project ideas. She seemed to like my initial ideas, and reminded me of some references to look at:
Wednesday 5th June
Wendy and I e-met last Wednesday to discuss my final major project ideas. Wendy watched my presentation and we discussed this in more depth. (As this was an informal meeting, this presentation is quite draft, and certainly not perfect by any stretch!)
I’ve been making notes in a number of different places, and wanted to collect them all together ready to finalise my FMP Pecha Kucha presentation with Wendy McMurdo on Wednesday.
Recently I met with Prof Stephen Harris, Druce Curator (Herbaria) and Associate Professor in Plant Sciences, and he has agreed to support a project relating to the plant collections in the department where I work. We discussed the need for me to think of specific questions/areas of interest to allow him to help unearth these from the collections for me. (Could perhaps look at one plant, or just female botanists for example.)
It’s clear that I need to narrow the ideas outlined below, and find a clear focus for my project. Here are some of my ideas for moving the project forward:
1st May 2019 (PM)
Our cohort met up with Wendy to hear more about the structure of the module, what to expect and what is expected of us. Here are my notes from the session.
1st May 2019 (AM)
I had my first 1-2-1 with my new supervisor Wendy McMurdo earlier this month, and wanted to log some of the key points from our discussions. Wendy and I have met a couple of times before, so she was familiar with my project work, and some of the ideas I am interested in exploring. Here are my notes from the session:
I have been asked to run a photography workshop for academic staff, admin/technical staff and students across the departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology at the University of Oxford where I work. Here are some preliminary thoughts/notes to self….
- Students images > space > them working
- Rosemary’s work > space > her working
- Collaborative, not just my work
- Humphrey’s poetry
In the first module (Positions and Practice) I used my camera to engage with my community. In the second module (Surfaces and Strategies), I navigated major surgery to remove my left kidney and created a more reflective body of work, centred on identity, healing and my garden as a cathartic space. In the third module (Sustainable Prospects), I worked more collaboratively, engaging with PhD students in the Dept of Plant Sciences (where I work), visually translating their research and stories.
(Link to my website and the work referenced above.)
Informing Contexts module
For this module, I decided to spend time studying and observing flowers, considering what causes me to gaze and what stimulates interest for me in terms of the subject matter.
My aim was to translate my own personal fascination for plants to whoever views the work. To harness the concept of mindful attentiveness, consider form and scale and appreciate the things that we cannot see with the naked eye.