Artistic Nomad – stitching, drawing, writing, photographing…

So why the name? Well, a few years ago I started my PhD which, without getting into the finer details looked at image magic and the cultural misinterpretations of such practices in relation to the popular notion of the voodoo doll. As a result, during my first year my supervisor would introduce me as ‘the voodoo doll girl’, and it just kind of stuck with me.

The term ‘Artistic Nomad’ also has its roots in academia. Myself and my closest colleague found that our diverse range of academic interests was at odds with the general culture of specialisms in one particular area. One day she mentioned an article she had read about academics, such as ourselves, who didn’t like being restricted by departmental boundaries and it had used the phrase ‘Academic Nomad’ to describe such individuals. This felt like such a good fit for how we both felt about our own practice and research, so we happily adopted the title.

As I came back to my artistic practice from the academic world, I found myself examining my approach and realised that this ‘nomadic’ principle was still relevant, hence my usage of the term ‘Artistic Nomad’. It is a theme that is carried through with this site – a need for all things creative, a refusal to be pigeonholed or typecast as one type of artist or working in one type of way, and a way to reach out and communicate with others who have the same affinity for wanting to be able to have a go at absolutely everything. Here is where I share my journey and the things that I am learning along the way, because that is a primary trait of the intellectually nomadic – we are always thirsty to learn something new.


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