Cate Newton

Current research/thesis title:

William Turnbull, Process Philosophies, and Material Practice

"My research explores Turnbull's place in the Modernist movement, challenging frequently-used descriptions of "timelessness" in that movement and establishing how his work can be recast as a means of addressing questions around history and contemporaneity in contemporary art."

My research and studio practice address the validity of the idea of "timelessness" in art, often expressed in the recurrence of certain, sometimes archaic, imagery. This research project reformulates the art historical importance of one of Scotland's most important artists, Dundee-born William Turnbull, regarded as a leading Modernist sculptor. Art historians have emphasized the timeless quality of his work.

My research explores Turnbull's place in the Modernist movement, challenging frequently-used descriptions of "timelessness" in that movement and establishing how his work can be recast as a means of addressing questions around history and contemporaneity in contemporary art. I am using the tools provided by such 20th century philosophers as Bergson, Deleuze and Serres to probe the designation of "timelessness", testing whether timelessness in art is truly a universal and positive quality, or whether, following Heidegger, its perception is influenced by different cultural values at different times, including our own.

This philosophical evaluation informs my own work, and my material practice influences my research into and close understanding of the work of Turnbull and others.

Names of Supervisors: 1st Supervisor: Prof Graham Fagen

2nd Supervisor: Dr Sandra Plummer.  + Dr Timothy Barker Glasgow University (Advisor)