Art and the Conscious mind/ connecting to my own work.


At the start of field and getting thrown in to something i was really unfamiliar with kind of threw me a bit and i found some of the lectures hard to understand as i thought there was a lot of information to take in, in a such short amount of time. The lectures that stood out for me were the self awareness, mindfulness and the unseen, I believe my work to be very conscious of itself, itself being the material which is paint, the paint is painting itself as its not trying to represent anything other than what it is, and its though my conciseness is coming through within the colours because of the link of emotion i connect to the colours, thus connecting part of my mind within the painting. I’m going to continue apply conciseness and my mind within paintings as i think it strengthens my work and allows me to explore it deeper.


Art and the conscious mind/ unseen 9th Feb


James Green

Unseen workshop

The workshop with James green I really enjoyed because of the way it was delivered, it was delivered in a way that I understood what was being said and had a genuine interest in what I was learning.

How can art be used to show unseen thing and communicate with unseen things?

I thought this question was really interesting as it made my mind think and was a good starting point to the lecture,

We were giving three key words

Entopic imagery

Hypnagogic Imagery

Animism imagery


Entopic Imagery


Part of you body to change your vision in some way.


We looked at Edward Munich, from the injured eye series 1930


Munich had a blood clot in his one eye due to stress so when he painted he also painted the blood clot and in the injured eye series the blood clot looks like a crow forcing viewers to maybe think that that’s what he his actually seeing.


Hypnogogic Imagery

Is when you experience visual, tactile, auditory sensory events when your just going to sleep or waking up, so for example seeing a person at the foot of you bed, even though that person is not there it seems very really as though it is.

We looked at some cave paintings from Santa barbera and I found them really interesting because they depicted the vision you see when you close your eyes.

Interesting quote off lewis-wiliiams, 2002: 209-210

The subterranean passages and chambers were the ‘entrails’ of the nether world; entry into them was both physical and psychic entry into the underworld. Entry into a cave was, for upper Palaeolithic people, entry into part of the spirit word. The embellishing images blazed (possibly in a fairly literal sense) a path into the unknown.


I really liked that quote because I think it explains so much in very little words.



We looked at masks from tribal culture and most masks that were shown often or not depicted hypnagogic imagery within or on the masks.

We looked at Madge gill that was contacted by a spirit and then kept in contact with that said spirit through drawing.


We also looked at someone in a similar situation as Madge, and its Guo Fengyi

Who developed arthritis and started practicing Gi Gong and the claimed that her arthritis cleared and she started talking to spirits.

I really like the thought that people have been contacted by spirits and are able to draw and contact them.


We then looked briefly at UFOs and looked at a book and an artist called Carl Jung

Robert Urwin, Edgerton.

We then ended the lecture part of the workshop by watching an erry clip from the film space 2001, watching the part where he his hurtling through space and there are lots of vivid colour and shapes, it made you think that might be what space looks like once you’re traveling through there fast enough.

We then made it onto the practical part of the workshop and had to draw out what dream that we remember, doing this activity was harder than I first thought because what I seeing in my head wasn’t what was coming out on paper, but I tried to depict what I was seeing best I can.

Art and the conscious mind/ Self-awarnesof the conscious mind 7th Feb

Rob Pepperall

Self-awareness of the conscious mind

I found this session with rob very difficult as I found I didn’t understand most of what was being said even though I didn’t understand what was being taught I still found it really interesting.

We looked at Lucas Cranach the elder Adam and eve 1526


Going back to biblical times where eve ate the forbidden fruit and then became self aware and forced Adam to also eat the forbidden fruit and so he become self-aware, they both then become aware of their nakedness so hid it with fig leaves.

I think this is the only part of the lecture that I really understood and found it really interesting to learn about the painting.

We started looking at locating the self-awareness mind?


We have a few self-awareness minds











We also looked at the mirror test and found that the older you are the more self aware you are.

Children from the age of 18 months are becoming self-aware and notice them selves in the mirror test; this test is also conducted on dogs, elephants, apes and dolphins.


We looked at the question such as can robots become self-aware?

What is the self that is aware of it?


I found these questions hard to comprehend and understand.


As the lecture went on I found it harder to take in the information as I found that there was a lot to take and the material was very heavy.


We don’t have access to other peoples mind and vice versa thus making our minds completely our own.


Were in an infinite loop of self-conscious as were constantly thinking and not thinking of our selves. But are we really aware of selves or are other people more aware of us then we actually are.


Painting becomes self aware, self-conscious.


We looked at some artists who tried to depict self-awareness such as Descartes optics: turning the eye in on itself


Thinking about this concept interested me and also bewildered me too.


We looked at Braque, still life with violin 1909


This isn’t a painting of a violin; it’s a painting of a painting of a violin. Showing the nail holding up the painting in the painting.

We looked at other artists such as Picasso. Joseph kosuth, Jeremy Holzer, Takahiko Iimura.


We then came across the question, what would a self-aware artwork look like?


Art and the conscious mind/ where is the conscious mind? 24th Jan

I really liked this session as I managed to understand some of the topics to a certain degree and found what we were discussing very interesting.

We talked about the conscious mind was and where we as individuals thought the mind was.

We got asked the question

Where is the mind?

  1. In the brain?
  2. In your body?
  3. Neither
  4. Not sure

I believe the mind is situated within the body and is not only set within the brain.

We got asked the question as well,

Where do you end?

  1. Where my brain
  2. Where my body ends
  3. Neither of the above
  4. Not sure

I believe myself to end in my aura, chakra and soul.

We looked at the painting done by Johannes Vermeer, women in blue reading a letter, 1662- 63 and then asked where do we think her conscious is?


I believe I see her conscious mind in her eyes, as her eyes are the things that are reading the letter and are taking the information in and the things that seeing it.


 We looked at internalism, the idea that the mind is in the brain and that consciousness is going on all over the brain. Studies have shown so far that there is no known location of the consciousness on the brain leaving people to think that it exists all over the brain.

Looked at the quote from Helmholtz

“…There are no colours, smells, tastes, or even objects ‘out there’ in the world; these appearances are essentially subjective…”

I liked that quote because I thought it to be closest as to what I think and found it really interesting to think that you’re only seeing what you choose to see.

We looked at some quotes from Chris faith making up the mind book (2007)

Brain Decoding

We talked about brain decoding but I didn’t really understand it, it didn’t make sense to me and found myself questioning how I could understand what I was learning. We looked at how our brains decode images that are in front of us and then showed the imagery from our brains and the imagery we were seeing and the comparison is amazing.



The idea that the mind is not in the brain. I liked learning about this topic because I for one believe that our minds are not situated within our brains and is poured out of our being, and is every thing around you.

We looked at a quote from O’regan and Noe

We watched a short clip and had to count how many times a team past the ball back and forth but half way through the clip a gorilla walked through and the background changed colour, because we were focusing on counting the passes we failed to notice what else went on with in the clip and that makes you realise just how much you might’ve missed.

“ A brain is not a brain without a mobile and manipulating body”


Do you have to choose between them?



We looked at boundaries and are there really such things or do we just impose such things upon our selves.

Whilst looking at boundaries we looked ta what is a boundary and is a boundary between water and air, water or air?

There are two types of boundaries

Fiat boundary, which is a made up boundary

Bona fide boundary, which is a physical boundary.

Most people think that you paint with lines but in reality things and humans don’t hove boundaries or lines.

Where would you end?

Art and the Conscious mind/ 19th January

For the first part of the second session we did a few experiments with vision perception, we had to pair up and draw our partner but under certain rules, we had to look at them for 30 seconds and then draw them from what remember and vice versa, we then had to imaging three oranges in our heads and only focus on one orange, when the time was up we drew the oranges and focused on the one more. After the experiments we went and learned about different vision perceptions and looked at different paintings such as ambragio Lorenzetti, the well governed city 1337-40 palazzo siena, we looked and found that some of the figures seemed bigger than others even though they were in the same liner perspective, as a class we came up with some conclusions as to why they might’ve been painted like that and they were;

They had more importance

Making you look at them figures for a longer amount of time

Directing your attention to a particular person and pulling you in to see there Point of view.

Art and the conscious mind / Eastern philosophy 2nd Feb

Anna Bushen

Eastern philosophy (Indian)

I found this workshop and session with Anna very interesting as I’ve always had an interest with Eastern culture and found it interesting to learn about a different way people see the mind and learning that the unconscious mind is the most animalistic part of us and the conscious mind is what stops our animal tendencies showing through.

We looked at questions such as

How do you represent an idea such as the infinite universe?

I found this question interesting because of the sheer capacity of it and how much that it made me think.

We focused on the word mindfulness and how that can help you with art and just your general day-to-day self. Meditation and mindfulness is a science of working with you mind and it investigate the nature of our own minds. Mindfulness reduces anxiety, depression and many other mental disorders.

Mindful meditation makes us more conscious than we normally are because we focus on one thing, for example like our breath, we have a direct relationship between out breath and our mind, we can be in control of our breath and it also happens when we don’t think about doing it. The breath reflects our emotional state of mind, such as when were angry breathing becomes deeper, calm upset.

We then did a meditation session for 10 mins and only had to focus on our breathing, I found this very interesting as I found it calmed me and allowed me to think more clear afterwards.

After the mediation was over we had a physical session where we had to create a physical representation of a metaphor that resembled what we thought was the mind. I made a black and white entangled piece that symbolised the entanglement of the brain in which it gets sometimes as there’s things within the brain that’s not answered.

I think applying mindfulness to work would make me think more clear about what I’m doing and the hopefully it’ll come through within my work.

Art and the conscious mind/ surrealism games 31st Jan

Theo Humphries

Surrealism games

We had a workshop with Theo Humphries and we looked at a brief background of his work and what kind of things he has done, we then looked at different modes of consciousness and scanned across artists such as Mann Ray, the art movement Dada and Dalhi, as they mostly work with surrealism, we started looking at surrealism games and thought of games to open up our conscious minds.

We started off the practical work with a game of which you had to fold a piece of A4 paper and fold it into three and start off with the head and then pass it on to the next person so they would draw the torso and then pass it on to the next person so they could do the legs and after the legs were drawn you opened up the paper and revel the full product.

I enjoyed doing this activity and found that I was more creative afterwards. We then did another activity, which we had to find words in a magazine create a sentence and illustrate it, I didn’t find this activity to open up my conscious mind but I found it interesting.

We then had to make up a surrealist game within pairs and what me and my partner thought of was two spinning wheels with lots of different colours on them, the same colour on both wheels and then if the same colour is spun you’d have to spin again to get two different colours and then the two colours which it stops on you have to create a work just using them colours.

I enjoyed thinking of that surrealist game and would be interesting to make an actual one to test it out.