Bibliographies should not be at the end of a book, or at the end of anything. A bibliography for me is a never ending list full of revisions and wishes. The reason for a bibliography today is no more final or relevant than if I had posted it yesterday or even tomorrow. Today just seemed as good a reason as any to list a few things that have helped me along my journey so far in my Responses series.

I rarely read art books, preferring instead to supplement their dryness with fiction, metaphysics and science books. I haven’t listed Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species because I have yet to read it, although it is next on my list after Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I also want to track down a copy of W Galin’s Feelings.

You’ll notice as well the order is not alphabetical, instead it is a chronological order of when I read the texts which in turn places them on a time line relevant to my research, this blog, and ultimately the finished artwork I have created for my Responses series. Some texts bear no direct reference to my ongoing series of work but I read them anyway because I liked them and ultimately this may have influenced me on an unconscious level. I often have several books on the go at any one time, with different locations and situations in my day suited to reading particular books more than others. I suppose this means my time line model is less linear and should be considered as more of a Venn Diagram of intersecting spaces and times.

In listing my bibliography in this strange and unconventional way I’m hoping it will give more of an insight into how I think and in turn the processes I use in creating my work.

Scarlett Thomas The End of Mr Y
Friedrich Nietzsche Man Alone with Himself
Bryan Robertson, Robert Hughes Lee Krasner: Collages
[some books on Hans Arp next but I can’t remember which]
Sigmund Freud The Unconscious
Sharman Apt Russell An Obsession with Butterflies
Robert Hobbs Krasner
Rene Descartes Meditations
Vladimir Nabokov Speak, Memory [started reading this on a train…]
Charlotte Cotton The Photograph as Contemporary Art
Graham Clarke The Photograph
Sharman Apt Russell An Obsession with Butterflies [read again because it’s so bloody good]
Elizabeth Wilson Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity
Vladimir Nabokov Speak, Memory […finished several bus/train journeys later]
Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Any more information on these books can be found on Google, that’s what it’s for. If you have any suggestions for books that you think I may be interested in then please let me know!


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