Category Archives: Essentialism

Glasses of Water. Glasses of Milk.

  I first approached the Castlefield Gallery show in a foul mood, recovering from a heavy cold. Due to the nature of the show, I am unclear just how much of the response to the work was actually about my … Continue reading

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On Painting and not Knowing I

Jones (2003)[i] outlines various means of accommodating ‘not knowing’ within philosophy and within the sphere of creativity. She opens with a description of Socrates statement: “When I do not know, neither do I think I know, so am I likely … Continue reading

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A New Essence? Or the Death of the Death of Painting

The painter Nigel Cooke (2012) opens his PhD thesis with a discussion of “the long-dead conversation around the death of painting”[i]: he explains that painting still occurs in many amateur contexts and he continues to describe the ‘death’ as inherently … Continue reading

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