PhD Research: 1997-2002

The research started in 1996 as a post-grad. Student at Sheffield Hallam University. I worked for a year and produced an installation called EPIGENE that was made at the S1 studios and shown in  the Psalter Lane Site Gallery.

It was unpopular at this time to make work that centred on notions of health; my thesis was not going to proceed as I wanted it to, and so I applied to De Montfort University to study with a team of art historians and sociologists. Dr. Gillian Rose, Professor Gen Doy and Professor Tina-Barnes Powell were the three final examiners in 2002; later, I taught a lot of the ideas that came out of the research at ScHARR [University of Sheffield].

There were several exhibitions and one at the Northern General Hospital. The was a web site created to allow an interactive audience response to the work. I worked with the notion of body –language within the doctor-patient relationship and the work involved a lot of experimentation and a multi-media approach. It was one of my most interesting working practices: Soma-Series: Observations in a Series of Medical Transactions was also a twenty thousand word thesis submitted to the British Library in 2003, as

  • Somatic Metaphors Evidenced in a Series of Medical Transactions?
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
Photo of myself in Studio starting 'Soma-Series' research into 'the body in health'.
Sketch of ideas working towards Soma-Series ideas.
Photo of Medical practioner in preliminary research for 'Soma-Series' research into 'the body in health'.
Soma-Series: 2002: Example of PhD final image as assemblage.
Soma-Series: 2002: Example of PhD final image as assemblage.
Soma-Series: 2002: Example of PhD final image as assemblage.
Soma-Series: 2002: Example of PhD final image as assemblage.
Soma-Series: 2002: Example of PhD final image as assemblage.