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Bad Jelly: Painting and Writing Images

posted on 2023-04-27, 03:04 authored by KRISTINA STEPHANI TSOULIS-REAY
‘Bad Jelly: Painting and Writing Images’ unfurls via images that act as entry-points for excursive discussion. Each chapter traverses a key image, which has recurred in different forms, or persisted in some way throughout my life. This methodology is informed by a range of image theorists, art historians, and artists (including Georges Didi-Huberman, T.J. Clark, Noah Davis and Lois Dodd); principally, it engages Walter Benjamin’s concept of 'denkbilder' (thought-images)—written images that allow one to explore philosophical ideas. Like an exhibition of paintings or a book of short stories, the image-chapters that comprise the exegesis are a rearrangeable configuration. They are ‘fluid’ elements, which build-upon, conceal, and reveal one another. This approach to writing—of thinking-through-images—echoes the role that images play in my practice, as the material, methodology, and content of painting.


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Principal supervisor

Helen Hughes

Additional supervisor 1

Daniel von Sturmer

Additional supervisor 2

Jan Bryant

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Department, School or Centre

Fine Art


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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