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Stephen Woodbury - PhD examination


PhD examination exhibition

Start Date

Feb 22, 2020 12:00 pm

End Date

Feb 27, 2020 5:00 pm


Plimsoll Gallery, the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM), Hunter Street

Painting Recovery: A Painterly Exploration of the Pain-Altered Mind-Body Connection

Stephen Woodbury - WIRED, mixed on linen 198x183cm

Image credit: WIRED, mixed media on linen, 198x183cm.

This project uses key ideas from my intuitively developed method of pain relief—namely agency, duration and poiesis—to create a visual language to explore the process of recovery from injury. I sought to understand the state of mind that removed pain and enhanced healing, which felt like when I was ‘in the zone’ in athletics, looking to a variety of perspectives from psychology, Buddhism and neuroscience. Additionally, I took the ideas of injury being a restriction that expands; recovery being a transformation from a weakened state to an autopoietic self (re)-making; and combined the latest in neuroscientific understandings of mind and the ancient Greek concept of poiesis into a painting process that conflated and translated these elements into new artworks.

Exhibition dates: 22 - 27 Feb 2020

Exhibition viewing hours
daily,1 pm - 5 pm