If I wrote my “real” list here, I could be at it for days. Instead, I am offering a list of recently read or haunting previous reads that have inspired my artistic philosophy, practice, or world view.
1. All The Best Rubbish: Being an Antiquary’s Account of the Pleasures and Perils of Studying & Collecting Everyday Objects from the Past by Ivor Noel Hume
Honestly, this one has a lot more to do with my background in maritime archaeology than it does with my art, but it is well written, incredibly interesting, and full of stories that I believe illustrate the connection of art and science quite well.
2. Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity by Liz Wells
When I eventually become a professor, I will definitely be using excerpts from this text for my students. Only 2 chapters were relevant to my thesis, which I was writing as a read this book, but I went back and read the entire thing for pleasure after I was finishing. That is high praise for a text that had the potential to be very dry, subject-wise.
3. Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography by Jennifer Blessings and Judith Halberstam
Another book that I started reading for a paper and came back to at a later date. This is a particularly good read if you are interested in Duchamp’s Rrose Selavy, his alter-ego.
4. “Men are Much Harder: Gendered Viewing of Nude Images” in Gender and Society 17, no. 5 (2003) by Beth A. Eck
If you work in any kind of portraiture, I am just going to come out and say it… YOU MUST READ THIS! It is not a particularly long article, but it is an interesting take on the idea of the gaze in art, and the gendered nature of the gaze in particular.
I will end there for the moment, but if you continue to read my blog, there is definitely more of this to come at a later date.