The following images are various paintings I created whilst doing my PhD. I have called this online exhibition 'cognitive oxygen' because the paintings represent moments in between research and writing where I would stand up and pick up a paint brush and work away on one or two canvases without really thinking. It was more a time for absorbing the feelings of colours and images. When doing this it felt like I was oxygenating my brain and I would feel refreshed to carry on writing.
I started noting which painting I was working on during the research and writing stages and for me there emerged some parallel resonance with what the image was representing. My musings about these are written in each of the painting descriptions. In these pieces I have used acrylic paints with some mixed media. All the canvases are large and in various sizes. My home working office space still has an area for painting - I love the ease of having everything so accessible and ready for any spontaneous moment.
My promise to myself was that I would share these paintings before I commenced my book in earnest. It is my first step in sharing so openly and publicly my thinking and feelings. These paintings reflect my vulnerabilities and process throughout my PhD journey - and also immediately after the achievement. This time I discovered was quite a progression too. Completing a major project is a marathon and assimilating back into life again without it I found, was a time of contemplation, much self reflection and transition.