Border Crossings

The conference Border Crossings: Exploring the Boundaries Between the Visible and the Invisible in the Humanities was a held at Stirling University on the third June 2016. I proposed to put some of my illustration work in the student exhibition space as part of the event. My work shows the boundaries between visible and invisible through my exploration of ‘counterpoint’ (Nikolajeva and Scott, 2006). The term ‘counterpoint’ was adapted from music terminology  by Nikolajeva and used in the context of picture book research to mean the invisible tension between the visible text and image. The relationship between text and image allow the reader to infer an imagined meaning, giving the reader a freedom to make the story personal.

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Photographs of the student exhibition space, close-ups are my illustration work based on Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales made using cardboard stencils, acrylic ink and a toothbrush to spray the ink (2015).

The postgraduate conference provided an opportunity to see what else is being researched in the arts and humanities across institutions. The day opened with two plenary speakers, speaking first Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics and International Relations from Edinburgh University who spoke about the pitfalls in the use of quantitative analysis and statistics. The second speaker was Dr. William Dinan lecturer in Communications, Media & Culture at the University of Stirling who spoke about the history of advertising and the media industry and spoke about the companies have used archetypal human desires and fears to manipulate the masses. It was also an opportunity to meet researchers from other institutions as well as those at Edinburgh College of Art. I saw an interactive project run by glass artist Lisa Naas and a paper by Raghda Hassan Harreri on her thesis The contemporary home environment in Jeddah City: women and the design of living spaces. The campus has a brilliant art collection on display with many prints including some by Alisdair Gray, which I was particularly interested in, and sculpture in the landscaped grounds set against the hills and Wallace monument.

Photographs taken in and around the Pathfoot Building, Stirling University, where the conference was held. L-R, Top: Alisdair Gray, Poem by Ian Hamilton Finlay with drawings by Margaret Sandeman and writing by Gordon Huntly. L- R Bottom: Sculptures in Pathfoot building garden, grounds of Stirling University with Wallace monument in the distance.
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