Modeen, Mary

Professor, Associate Dean (International), Joint Coordinator of PhD Studies

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20042020

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Teaching

Professor Modeen is the Coordinator of Ph.D. studies and supervises seven students currently. As the founder of the MFA in Art and Humanities, an interdisciplinary postgraduate course that combines creative practice with academic modules in any area of the Humanities, she supervises and lectures across a broad range of subjects as they coincide with studio practice.

Key Teaching Initiatives

Modeen has been central to the development of interdisciplinary studies in DJCAD and the School of Humanities. She was the Course Director for Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices(now simply Art and Philosophy) for over seven years (2003-2010), developing this unique undergraduate course, liaising with the Humanities faculty, recruiting, teaching, advising and assessing, for the first early years through its first five years of graduates. She handed this course to the next course director with over 70 students. Following this, she designed, coordinated and developed the interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in Art & Humanities (for which she was Course Director, from 2012-2018). 

Her Ph.D. supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary studies, linking studio practice with an academic investigation.  Modeen’s supervisory input and interdisciplinary collaborations with Humanities staff were also vital to several of their successes in obtaining Ph.D. studentships in the Scottish Graduate School for Art and Humanities (SGSAH) consortium. She is the DJCAD Joint Coordinator of Ph.D. Studies, for 39 doctoral students currently. To date, Modeen has six completed PhD students, and six current doctoral applicants, and served as External Examiner to 6 Ph.D. students across the UK. Additionally, she founded the international Global Summer Experience programme for international participants, which has run annually since June 2016. 

Biography

Mary Modeen is an artist/academic whose research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing.  Her PhD supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary investigations, linking studio practice with academic enquiry. International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights. She is also the DJCAD Associate Dean (Internationalisation).

Research

Research Summary:

Modeen’s research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing.

Her three current research projects include: a book: Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place: Geopoetics, Deep Mapping and Slow Residencies, published by Routledge in 2020; Stories of the Caiçara, Global Challenge Research Funded interdisciplinary investigation of traditional artisanal fishermen in Brazil; and Confluence: Tradition in Contemporary Art, an exhibition and book publication that combines 46 DJCAD, Sichuan Fine Art Institute and Montclair State University artists and designers.

Selected Solo Exhibitions include:

2014               The Absolutely Other, Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Edinburgh. Prints, artists books and constructed prints. With a gallery brochure.

2012-13          Ways in Which the World Takes Shape. Solo large permanent installation within the Min No Aya Win Human Services Center, Fond du Lac Reservation of Chippewa Indians, Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

2007                Te Whenua Maori, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, with acquisitions for the permanent collection (10 July- Aug)

Two-person exhibitions:

2011                The Enigma of Place, collaborative multi-media installation, with Iain Biggs, for Sensory Worlds: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory7-9th December, in conjunction with the conference Embodied Values: Bringing the Senses Back to the Environment, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2010-11           Landscapes of Epiphany and Memory, with Dr Judith Tucker, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia USA.

Group Exhibitions:

2020                Ossuary, a group exhibition curated by Prof Laurie Beth Clark, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, 17 January-7 March 2020, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

2019-20           *Confluences, a group exhibition, 9 Oct-7 Dec.’19 George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, New Jersey. And, 17 April- May’20, Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China. Also, book publication:

Modeen, M. (Editor and author). Confluence: Tradition in Contemporary Art, Montclair, NJ: Montclair State University, 2019. 72pp. ISBN978-0-578-56913-0.  

2017                In Praise of Wetlands exhibition with Biggs and Baeumler, in association with the CMIT Conference sponsored by ASLE-UKI, Bank Street Art Centre, Sheffield, England; Sept.17. Major installation with printed fabric and sound work, and also an artists book entitled In Praise of Wetlands

2015                In the Open, Collaborations of women artists and poets, New Hall, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University. 1-21st Sept.

Publications include:

(Book Chapter) Poetics At The Edge Of Vision And Art, in Poétique Liminars, Mallorca: University of Balearic Islands Press, 2016.

(Book) Invisible Scotland: Revealing a Process of Interdisciplinary Discovery, Mary Modeen (Editor and author), Moray School of Art Press: University of Highlands and Islands, 126pp. With additional funding from The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. ISBN: 978-0-9576428-0-5.

Refereed Journal Papers (published)

M. Modeen and H. Whiting, 'Groups of the manners in Scotland': David Allan -- the Process and Politics of Printmaking’, Journal of the Scottish Society of Art Historians, Vol. 22 (2016-17), Nov’17, St. Andrews, Scotland

M. Modeen: ‘Breaking the Boundaries of ‘Self’: Representations of Spatial Indeterminacy’, Architecture and Culture Journal, special issue Transgression: Body and Space, Volume 2/Issue 3, November 2014, pp335–358.David Littlefield and Rachel Sara, Eds. ISSN: 2050-7828 Online ISSN: 2050-7836

Book pending publication:

Modeen, M and Biggs, I. Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place: Geopoetics, Deep-Mapping and Slow Residencies, London: Routledge, 2020.

Residency:

2018                Casa na Ilha, Sao Sebastiao, Brazil

 

Future research aims to continue this trajectory with artwork and publications that examine the ‘invisible’ but important elements in perceptions of site-specific places across the world, and especially to support this work with attention to indigenous knowledge, multiple histories, memory and reprised pasts, partially through a process of ‘deep-mapping.’

 

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