Fig 1. Aaron McPeake - Teddy
Aaron’s work is diverse both in terms of the range of media used and the subjects he addresses. He works with bell bronze to mediate sound sculptures, film and photography to examine travel and memory (often using shadows as the principal characters or central themes of the narrative) and various forms of printmaking with which he engages to highlight the apparent paradoxes of his research and practice. He came to lose most of his vision (is registered blind) through an auto-immune condition which ended his long career in stage lighting design, however this has not been an entirely negative experience and has opened up some new possibilities including the pursuit of his long standing fine art practice with increased vigour. Aaron is also focussing on the physical and material processes that artists use as these can often articulate serendipitously multiple readings within the work. His PhD examines how visual artists respond to the loss of their eyesight and the working title of the research is: Nibbling at Clouds – when the visual artist encounters adventitious blindness.