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Conrad Judge

While developing the work for my degree show I thought about how text works in art; the ways art works like a language and the ways it doesn’t; and the ways the viewer is affected by way a painting is made. I’m interested in how meaning is coded into art, and how we use our imagination to read works beyond the coded meaning, filling in what’s left unspoken in a text or an artwork. I am also interested in how artworks can collectively create meaning, while still retaining their autonomy, through the viewer’s engagement with the works. 

I chose the content of my degree show work partly from a personal connection to the sea. This comes from growing up by the sea and from family members who were in the merchant navy, some of whom died at sea. I’m likely to continue to work on these subjects, as a part of my practice, in the future. 

Dissertation – Jeremy Deller: English Magic