Lucy Smith

To address these questions I aim to make sculpture that visibly and audibly demonstrates particular abstract or conceptual phenomena, e.g wave theory, harmonic ratios or musical resonance. Through creative responses to my research on artists such as Gabo,

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Can art be effective in making abstract or conceptual knowledge accessible to non-conceptual learners?  How might art maximise observation, questioning, critical thinking and learning? How effective, for example, might kinetic sculpture, performance and sound art, be in capturing interest in, communicating, and aiding comprehension of abstract concepts?   

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To address these questions I aim to make sculpture that visibly and audibly demonstrates particular abstract or conceptual phenomena, e.g wave theory, harmonic ratios or musical resonance. Through creative responses to my research on artists such as Gabo, Takis, Eliasson and Soto I aim to develop art pieces in a transdisciplinary way, where the art explores abstract concepts through tangible exhibits.   

I hypothesise that access to difficult concepts can be eased by harnessing art in a multi-modal way, through focussing on subject overlap between maths and art, and through understanding the individual’s learning style and their response to the unique language of art. Multi-modality would include the construction of sculpture employing two or more aspects such as shape and pattern, scale, sound, resonant frequencies, dissonance, motion and physical interaction.   

My creative approach to interdisciplinary research highlights the value of art as significant for knowledge acquisition and understanding perspectives. An equally important aspect also involves addressing a culture where there is a feeling that maths and science are difficult, leading to disengagement early in education. To promote accessibility and the beauty of mathematics and science in their many expressions of the universe is key to encouraging enjoyment and confidence in learning. 

Names of Supervisors: Dr Paul Harrison    Gair Dunlop 

Normal Location of PhD Candidate:  DJCAD