The whole process of writing and researching for my dissertation has come with its trials and tribulations. Throughout, the experience has presented challenges that I have had to adapt to and overcome. The largest challenge of all was settling into the writing itself, as I had not written anything of this length before. When I have written essays previously the longest had been 3000, the length of but one of my chapters in the dissertation submitted on the 2nd of February 2016, and that was back when doing a-levels 3 years ago. So you could say I was a bit out of practice but after a while I realised that quick short bursts of writing in between reading over previous sections allowed me to keep a fresh head and on track to answer the relevant question at hand.
As for choosing a subject matter this at first seemed rather obvious to me at the start. At the time I was participating in a field project about art and the conscious mind. The ideas put forward by philosophers, neuroscientists and artists combined excited me and left we wanting to find out more. With already a wealth of knowledge given to me and a new keen interest to develop my own research leading from this I thought this would be the best option for me. However I suddenly found that without the weekly guidance of a tutor talking and helping me through these massively complex ideas on consciousness, I found myself misunderstanding many theories and losing confidence within myself and the subject. However the reading and research that I had done did not go to waste. I then tried to establish who I am as an artist and what I myself am trying to achieve within my work. My work had links to the phenomena of visual perception, illusion and definitely colour. Although the more complex ideas were lost on me I could still apply what I had read and understood to these three ideas within my own professional development. Out of this my Dissertation title came about.
If given the chance to do the Dissertation again I would definitely have given myself more time. I feel I have let myself down within this aspect as I found myself staying up till the early hours of the morning in the last week before the hand in day. Despite planning not to be in such a situation I still managed to avoid, put off and procrastinate leaving it to as late as possible rather than spread the whole writing process out over the given time. However once I started writing I found that the ideas I had researched and read came quite naturally. I would also give more consideration to my planning before starting to write. I tend to start to plan my essays get to halfway then become over eager ad start writing before I have fully concluded my points and arguments which lead to later frustrations.
This dissertation has not only helped me in my own professional practice but has helped me solidify who I am as an artist and what I aim to achieve within my work. This dissertation you could say is all the academic understanding behind what I have, am and will achieve. Colour, the views people have on colour and the way we interact with it is what I am mainly interested when I create artworks myself. The research has lead me to try new things and explore other avenues such as using coloured light as well as coloured pigment to submerge the viewer in a chrophillic world.
This dissertation has been both stressful but rewarding. The fact that deadlines are a thing and that in my day to day practice I do not do much writing it was hard to slot into essay writing mode. However the research I have done has massively helped the understanding of my own work and given me new direction.
Despite the dissertation being over and handed in I feel like it would be good practice to still add, change, swap and edit information within it as I research and establish my thoughts and ideas further. Although it is finished in the sense that it is handed in to be marked I still feel like there is a whole wealth of other ideas and thought that could contribute to answering the title question.
Over the course of the research the main book of focus and he most rewarding to me and my artists practice was Chromophobia by David Batchelor. This made many points that were interesting and provided a lot of resource to explore. Batchelor references many artists, art theorists, scientists and philosophers all relevant to colour theory, colour perception and consciousness. This from the start has been my bible and will be for as long as I’m making art.
I am very thankful for those who read through my dissertation for me and helped me with understanding theories and ideas put forward in books that I did not understand at first. Especially my mum who is busy enough teaching 400 children GCSE English every day, who found the time to read through my dissertation not only one but many a time. Even at 3.30 in the morning on the 2nd of February 12 hours before hand in deadline.
What I have taken from this process is to start early and to keep interested by setting myself new tasks along the way as well as mini deadlines. Keeping notes together in a word document then printing them out to have next to you when writing is also another tip I would give myself. I have also come to realise that even though a task may seem quite daunting if I set my mind to it and work hard enough (although it be at the last minute) I can achieve the harder tasks presented to me.