Cate Newton

William Turnbull, the Philosophy of Time, and Material Practice: the idea of time in the sculpture of William Turnbull and in contemporary material practice

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Despite the existence of extensive literature on Turnbull and on the art-historical period in which he was working, there has been little philosophical analysis of his work. While the overall idea of timelessness in art has been challenged in some contexts these tend to be art-historical rather than philosophical.

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Cate Newton

My research examines what is meant by the description “timeless” when applied to works of art, and asks whether the work of specified philosophers can clarify the concept. The focus of the research is the sculpture of William Turnbull, whose work is frequently described as “timeless”. As the research is practice-led it is also informed by an analysis of my own work and the processes used to make it. In practice I make the work first and criticise and revise it afterwards, rather than attempting to create work in accordance with some formula aimed at a specific outcome. This empirical approach is reinforced by that described by Turnbull himself with regard to his own working methods.

Despite the existence of extensive literature on Turnbull and on the art-historical period in which he was working, there has been little philosophical analysis of his work. While the overall idea of timelessness in art has been challenged in some contexts these tend to be art-historical rather than philosophical.

Names of Supervisors: Professor Graham Fagen, Dr Sandra Plummer.

Normal Location of PhD Candidate: Dundee