As part of the ‘Stepping Up’ Ceramic Triennale, a free lunchtime talk by artist Loretta Picone will take place on Thursday 9 July, 12.40-1.50pm, in the JCSMR Foyer.
My clay practice is ever-evolving, transdisciplinary, and experimental. Whether at the macro level of (psychological science or philosophy), or the micro level of personal experience, we are constantly in the process of ‘becoming’ and belonging’ with the world. I reflect on the potential triggers to how one builds any sense of knowing anything (personal, cultural), and explore how meaning may arise out of embodied, imaginative experience.
‘Neural Imaginings' is an exploration of how the mind functions, and how art objects can entice us to think. Through an encounter with art, emotions, cognitions, and bodily knowing are valued, as interrelated and symbiotic modes of thinking. ‘Neural Imaginings’ is the result of a broader ‘university of thought’, about thinking itself.
Philosophers of the 21st century - Felix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze explored ways of knowing and their modes of production, defining the’ triad of thought’ as that of art, science and philosophy. My work is influenced by the neuroscience (Antonio Damasio), philosophy ( Guattari, Deleuze and Alva Noe) and transdisciplinary writers on visual art. Where no one discipline has nor can claim to hold sole dominion of a comprehensive understanding the functioning of the mind, I seek their conjunction.