Statement of responsibility: Neil McLeod
This practice-led thesis explores the process of visual notation as a means of developing narratives within the field of authorial illustration. It examines aspects of the notebook, in particular its spatial and temporal properties, and the ‘lived time’ of the author. The thesis considers the utilisation of both words and images in the notational process and, specifically, the use of marginal space within the notebook. As such it seeks to provide a greater understanding of the process. Through the production of a digital portfolio the thesis reflects on how these qualities can be extended into screenbased artworks. It attempts to mirror the key charactistics identified in the process of notation with the spatial and temporal properties of the computer screen. In so doing it compares the lived time experience of the author with the temporal experience of the viewer. Underpinning the thesis is a methodology which places emphasis on the keeping of research journals which provide a comprehensive record of the project’s inquiry. This methodology draws on existing approaches to reflective practice and is developed by ‘learning’ from the authorial illustrator’s process of notation. Through its methodology and analysis the thesis seeks to contribute to the debate on the need for greater poetic inquiry within arts-based academic research, specifically in relation to the visual poetic as may be found in the author-illustrator’s notebook.
PhD (Pratice-Based) Glasgow School of Art 2009
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