Associate Professor - History of Art, University of Leeds

My research primarily centres on mid 20th century French and American abstract painting, drawing and sculpture (including art by Rothko, Michaux and Wols). My work examines how notions of death, as philosophical concept embedded within the complex structures of the ‘aesthetic’, informed the production and ‘readings’ of such art by art historians and philosophers alike. Thus by engaging with philosophical writers such as Sartre, Hegel, Bataille, Kierkergaard, Nietzsche and Blanchot I explore the relationship between philosophical thinking on death, notions of subjectivity and duration and the production and (social) interpretations of the artist and his work.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in History of Art, University of Leeds