I investigate the multiple ways of making and using the main components of painting: the support; the surface; and the paint. Rather than any planned outcome, I focus on the activity of painting and my immersion in the experiments that test materials and methods. This means my work is process-led.
My PhD research project (doctorate awarded August 2019) documented the development of an investigative, experimental painting process. The main objective was to expose and analyse what was actually happening while immersed in the painting experiments that focused on the significance of ground.
At the same time, I trialled and constructed artistic research methods to carry out this analysis. I found that an artistic interpretation of a specific component of Grounded Theory Method, coding, could reveal and analyse the phenomena of the experience while carrying out the experiments.
Therefore, the PhD presented a synthesised process of documented experiments investigating a concept of painting and their iterative development via a testing of ways to analyse and focus the experience.
My full PhD thesis can be found here: 'An investigation into a concept of painting via an experimental process of practice-led methods, including an artistic trial of Grounded Theory Method coding, led by a series of painting experiments that focus on the significance of ground'.
The following images show some documentation of the many painting experiments, and a testing of methods to analyse and focus a specific series of experiments mostly carried out on a ground of historical significance: Lascaux hill, southwest France.