Craft, Relational Aesthetics and Ethics of Care




craft, relational aesthetics, ethics of care


A conceptual framework for looking and listening operates within aesthetic and affective moments when crafting objects. Assembling and modifying Sea Balls into arranged composition is my craft process that I use to access a state of mind play. Each found and modified object represents a key theoretical framework that I connect and re-organize in relation to each other to produce new ways of perceiving. Considerations of Massumi, Fish and Jameson’s (2002) notion of perception and how I experience affect through embodiment in the moment of re-crafting and re-assembling items is central to the practice. Emergent ideas occur through re-crafting found objects in conjunction with broader considerations of relational aesthetics. 

Author Biography

Belinda MacGill, University of South Australia

Belinda MacGill is a lecturer, artist and researcher at University of South Australia. Her theoretical work is informed by Indigenous knowledges (Rigney, 2001; Tuhiwai Smith 2012), Giroux’s border pedagogy (2003), and place-based pedagogy (Gruenewald, 2008). She has published in a broad range of articles concerned with postcolonial receptivity, teaching in the contact zone, critical pedagogy and feminist art theory.


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How to Cite

MacGill, B. (2019). Craft, Relational Aesthetics and Ethics of Care. Art/Research/International:/A/Transdisciplinary/Journal, 4(1), 406–419.