My PhD aims at assessing contemporary theories of art by considering the long-lost practice of intarsia — a technique that builds complex images using small pieces of intricately cut and coloured wood. Although previously classified as a craft, recent art historical studies have discovered intarsia’s relevance in the artistic setting of the Italian Renaissance and its links to the canonical arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture). This represents a challenge to modern and contemporary theories of art, especially the fine arts, from which intarsia has been excluded.
The research is interdisciplinary, but strongly influenced by contemporary analytic philosophy. I am supervised by Prof Derek Matravers and Dr Mark Pinder. Prior to my PhD I completed a BA and MA in Art History at the Open University.