Between 2015 and 2017 I completed an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice at the University of Brighton, graduating with distinction. During this time I began to re-assess and reconsider my practice as a potential antidote to the less-than-ideal mis-encounters of childhood. Belatedly, i opened myself up to learning to ‘play nicely with others.”
Working in one-to-one collaboration with others I am seeking to create a place to meet, listen and respond, where it is possible to engage in a dialogue through making and creating. This dialogue does not just consist of the mutual stories shared, rich as these are, but also in the way we touch and work with the materials and objects and the choices we make as to what to reveal and what to keep hidden. Although it is not always easy to keep things hidden from the materials and the objects.
I now consider myself both an artist and an Inclusive Arts Practitioner. How those two things will coalesce, and inform each other, or even if they will, is something I am still exploring. But what I do know is that my art practice evolves slowly, with an internal logic and integrity of its own, and that, like the fermentation process in bread making for example, a little piece of the old is needed for carrying over into the new, in order for the process to continue.
http://www.otherselves.org : a project that began its life as an arts-based research project during the MA Inclusive Arts Practice course at the University of Brighton, 2015-2017.
all images and text copyright Alice Lunt 2021