Category: Reflective Commentary

Assignment 4 Reflective Commentary

I feel as though I am starting to make progress with the essay now, taking on board my tutors comments from last time I have tried to tighten up on the essay title and reduced the amount of space devoted to the Is Japonisme a form of Orientalism debate. As suggested I have also widened …

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Curation/Contamination Workshop with Bryan Eccleshall

This was a two part workshop run by OCA tutor Bryan Eccleshall. We were a large group overall, but split into a number of smaller breakout groups for the exercise we undertook. Bryan introduced the session by talking about curating exhibitions and the contamination (or cross pollination) that can happen when you curate a show …

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Close Reading Workshop with Vicky MacKenzie

This was one of the first online tutorials that OCA have organised since the start of lockdown. It was run by creative writing tutor Vicky MacKenzie. I signed up for the course as I was interested in the topic generally, but as I have been looking at Japanese Surimono (printed sheet containing image and poem) …

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Tutor Feedback on Assignment 3

I had good feedback on my 3rd Assignment, I need to finalise the research question as I am probably going too deep at the moment into the concepts of Japonisme and Orientalism. Although these are both intrinsic to the work I am doing I shouldn’t spend too much time discussing whether Japonisme is a form …

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Is my Body of Work Orientalist?

My research work involves looking into Japonisme and the possibility that this may be a form of Orientalism. Japonisme defined as “French term used to describe a range of European borrowings from Japanese art” (Floyd 2003). In his book Orientalism (Said 1978) used the term to describe “the way the West has created a mythological …

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Reflection on Part 3

I found this part of the course a little frustrating as the exercises in the handbook didn’t seem to tie in too well with a traditional art history style essay. But I persevered and looking back I think that I have moved the essay on that bit further. I’ve changed course slightly as a result …

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Tutor Feedback on Assignment 2

I had a really useful discussion with my tutor on the Assignment. The general points were that I had done a lot of work so far and that I was making progress. There were a number of individual points that needed attention but the main areas were that my Research Question and theory needed to …

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Reflections on Part 2

I feel that I have made a lot of progress over this part of the course. I am a lot clearer now on the research question, it has narrowed considerably since embarking on the course. At the start I was looking very widely at studying Chinese flower painting and how it may have affected Western …

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Tutor Feedback on Assignment 1

I realise now that my original research proposal was much too broad to deal with in the context of a 5000-word essay. I have since narrowed the scope to consider what is Japonisme (in the context of orientalism) and how it influenced the representation of floral images through the analysis of the work of 3 …

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Reflection on Part 1 – Research

This was the first OCA module that I had taken where work is submitted to a tutor part way through an assignment. I found this to be very useful as it has helped to focus on the type of research that I will be undertaking. The tutorial part way through helped to clarify my thoughts …

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