My art practice is concentrated on painting where I have tried to explore themes of change, rupture and reconfiguration often incorporating figurative and landscape elements. Recently I am preparing installation and sculptural features which will incorporate painted works into larger immersive spaces allowing for the development of narrative according to my current interest in monstrous intrusion, trauma and rationalisation.
I studied BA Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and my MA in Fine Art at UAL, I have also studied psychoanalysis at Birkbeck University and have a teaching qualification from Oaklands College in Hertfordshire.
My PhD research is mixed mode incorporating equal written and made elements. This research entails an exploration of the relationship between landscape, monsters and subjectivity. The title, a reference to the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is: The High Wasteland, Scar & Form in the English Landscape: what is the function of the monster in the English landscape? This project is in part directed as a critique of what has been called ‘proto-fascist’ thinking and draws heavily on the medieval poem, the practice of Wyndam Lewis and contemporary art practice concerned with ‘hauntology’ to explore these themes.
I have written for and acted as the Arts Editor for Trebuchet Magazine since 2016 where I am able to explore less formal journalistic writing practice, including writing: criticism, opinion pieces, interviews and fact-based news about a multitude of arts and culture subjects. I have in this capacity been able to promote emergent practices and research as well as interview established artists and thinkers regarding their work.
Artist Website https://michael-eden-art.squarespace.com/
Trebuchet Magazine profile https://www.trebuchet-magazine.com/author/michael-eden/