Richard Ansett

Personal Statement

A unique and final definition of my work is paradoxical. It is a style of thought, a method, an open and ever-renewed experience having different results and this may disorient anyone wishing to define it in more conventional or concrete terms.(1)

My practice is a continual and evolving enquiry with the premise that relationships to reality are unique to every individual and should not be assumed to be shared.

I record and observe my unique blueprint and through the presentation of identified specific works I discuss that the foundation of all persona, is reliant on an interpretation of the world influenced by forces within but crucially beyond awareness.

I use realism as a paradoxical medium to communicate my interest in the photograph less as truthful record but as a transparent autobiographical statement of the point of personal, intellectual and emotional evolution of the artist as protagonist.

Project development is unplanned beyond a starting point and final presentations invariably bear no resemblance to any preconceived notion of a final product. The works of greatest value develop in parallel to other more certain and less successful paths of enquiry. Many final work presentations are developed, distanced from the moment of conception and may not appear for months or years after initial recording. Projects are continually revisited and edited through the lens of new progress and awareness, throwing light on and illustrating narratives irrespective of the image origin, ignoring any conventional notions of truth or responsibility of fair or sympathetic presentation.

The objective is a dislocation of understanding represented within a realist presentation, de-prioritizing conventional communication and understanding. The objective, irrespective of truthful or responsible representation, is to challenge the foundations upon which understanding is created.

Only in accepting that there is a wider reality experience existing in multiple parallels to our own, can we engage with more empathy with others.


(1) Farina, Gabriella (2014) Some reflections on the phenomenological method. Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences.