Andrew Maher, United Kingdom
Andrew Maher is a Manchester born, London based writer/painter. His practice consists of experimentation with scriptwriting, character building, and the surrounding, to then paint a still image from has been imagined to be a 30-second take. This approach of taking a directors role but in the medium of painting has shown a particular interest in storytelling. As a result the work resembles more of Del Toros definition of “world-scaping” in which their is the use theatre and film techniques to create a platform for which these stories can live in. The challenges that are being faced within this approach of the painting format are sitting uncomfortably between disciplines, attaching the artist to subjects and problems that normally belong to other mediums, moving them temporarily into a space of ambiguity. Story-telling plays a vital part in a community’s bond. Joseph Campbell states that there are four main functions of mythology/stories, The mystical function, the cosmological function, the sociological function, and the pedagogical function. It is the latter, that has been the focus of Andrew's on-going practice and research plan, by using the crit group as a metadiscourse to form a community that grows, evolves and eventually dismantles.