Tuesday, 13 March 2007


Got to make an effort and get on with my dissertation - I've only got three weeks left - I feel that I need to rewrite what I've done already - it really isnt good enough what I have already done! What a time to change it!! But I really want to dowell so its best I get it right.

My thesis is:

Artists who collect, are they collecting in the traditional sense or are they collecting to purposefully form a piece of art.

I am going to be writing about Mark Dion and his 'Cabinet of Curiosities' and Candy Jernigan and perhaps Joseph Cornell.  I will let you know how I get on. I actually wrote three paragraphs today LOL

Infact here is the start of my dissertation - wont make much sense to you though not yet.........



Artists who collect, are they collecting in the traditional sense or are they collecting to purposefully form a piece of art.


Mark Dion


What is it that makes ‘The Thames Dig’ a piece of art rather than a social history exhibit?  Gilda Williams, art critic and editor at Phaidon Press writes; ‘Dion’s work is certainly about the obsessive act of collecting, whether by a naturalist or a shopaholic, but collaterally it is about the act of looking: what artists traditionally do best.’


Onecould argue with this statement by saying its just a lot of junk put together in the cabinet of curiosities to make us believe the artefacts have some value just because they aredisplayed into a beautiful cabinet and placed in an art gallery.  ‘The cabinets of curiosity he uses were a phenomenon of wealthy collectors, typically from the 17th to the 19th century. The cabinets demonstrated the owners’ status as the collector of the rare and wonderful but also their standing as a semi-professional, or ‘gentleman scientist’. (www.firstsite.uk.net)

See told you it wouldnt make much sense, I have a lot of work to do!! Got to write 5,000 words!!!

Well I will work at it all day tomorrow!!! Then got governor training tomorrow night, then work placement on Thursday, then I can work again on dissertation on Friday.

Anyway, take care y'alls!!

By the way I miss New york! Boo Hoo!!!!

Thanks Diama for my lovely tag.


jeadie05 said...

Ihave every faith in you Im sure you will meet your dead line ,what you have written so far looks good ...love Jan xx

sdrogerson said...

makes perfect sense to me - well done on a good start.............

jlocorriere05 said...

It makes sense to me too Laine! Good luck in getting it finished! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

ally123130585918 said...

Laine good luck with finishing your dissertation I know you will get those 5000 words down on paper soon ~ Ally

jmoqueen said...

Hope you've managed to make some good progress on your dissertation today xx



sarajanesmiles said...

Makes sense to me too m'dear, though I don't know Dion is :o)
Maybe I will google him and find out.
Sara   x