Philosopher-Artists

What springs to mind when someone tells you they are a philosopher of art?

Perhaps the image of a scribbler in a fusty library surrounded by a small village of colour plated books?

Probably however, you didn’t automatically think of an artist.

This is because unlike the philosophy of the psychology, neuroscience or maths, the philosophy of art is seen to circulate around artists. We might say that the first order (art making) and second order (art philosophising) practices are disconnected. Thus, Barnett Newman’s famous dictum that philosophy is for artists as ornithology is ‘for the birds’.

Anscomb, Graphite on Paper, Slidehow (2019)

However, there are practitioners who productively combine professional philosophical research and the making of award-winning works of art. They are not merely engaged in both practices at the expert level. They feed each side of their practice with the other.

They are Philosophy-Artists.

In this series of interviews, we will be seeking out Philosopher-Artists to get their take on the value of working across two such different skill and knowledge sets.