My research: 'Pierre Bonnard and Painting as Philosophy'
My research in Oxford's History of Art department examines the late work of French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). I am interested in art as a form of philosophical enquiry, and am asking how Bonnard’s work presents a theory of self and the temporal structure of experience. Taking an object-led approach, looking closely and slowly at Bonnard’s paintings and drawings, I use philosophical ideas from a range of thinkers to articulate the ideas that his works express. At the same time, my project is rooted in the cultural and intellectual movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing how Bonnard’s work offers a response to the artistic and philosophical problems raised by modernity.
Supervisor: Hanneke Grootenboer
Funding: Full Doctoral Award, an Oxford Graduate Scholarship (the Cecil Lubbock Memorial Scholarship), with continuation awards for fourth-year work from the Oxford History Faculty and the British Federation of Women Graduates
Conferences, publications, and teaching
I am currently co-editing a volume on how images express thought called ‘Thinking Images’ following a session I co-organised at the Association of Art Historians annual conference in 2015. Last year I co-organised the symposium ‘Thinking Colour’, funded by TORCH and the AHRC. More recently, I have been invited to speak at conferences in Durham and Bristol.
I have enjoyed teaching a wide range of courses at undergraduate and masters level on topics in art history from 1880-1990, and am an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have also been engaged in access and outreach work.
In 2017-18, I will take up a Hanseatic Scholarship at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, where I plan to continue my work on Pierre Bonnard, and begin research for a new project on religion in early twentieth-century modern art in France and Germany.