A Personal Account
of My Career
My central interest is in creativity, interweaving four lifelong threads in my thinking: The first is an interest in psychoanalysis as a means of understanding the dynamics of creative work (and more recently neuroaesthetics which looks at aesthetic judgment in the brain from a neuroscience perspective). The second is art history and criticism from the point of view of the way in which both society and individuals (artists and viewers) use the art of their own times to bring coherence and insight to their experience. The third is an interest in child art and childhood as a way into the psychodynamics of aesthetic experience. And lastly, my own persevering creative practice, first in sculpture and then in film, but above all in my writing.