Category: Reflective Commentary

Decolonising Art History

This blog post was inspired by an OCA workshop on the subject attended by about 20 OCA students from a range of courses. Having studied History of Art with OCA over three modules I was interested in the topic and the viewpoints that other students would bring. To consider the concept of decolonising art history …

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Assignment 5 – Review and Analysis

Prior to the course I had a vague idea of the sort of area that I wanted to study. But it was clear from the first assignments that I needed to refine the research proposal significantly. I learned that I needed to avoid assuming that influences would be present without supporting evidence. I also needed …

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Tutor Feedback on Assignment 4

I was pleased with the feedback on my fourth assignment, on the positive side the first draft of the essay was good with wide research. I had also picked up cross-cultural points and explored style appropriation. To improve the essay I need better framing, to keep the theoretical framework in focus throughout the essay, to …

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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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