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Charlotte Humphrey

PhD Work

Glass and Place: Using Properties of the One to Reflect (on) Qualities of the Other. An effort of attention

I am interested in places, and how they happen, not what they are as things. My aim is to capture their textures of becoming and present these in visual form. My efforts of attention employ a broadly defined ‘glass sensibility’ that is realised through photography and video. I use the optical capacities of glass to mediate perception both physically with lens and mirror and through metaphorical reflection. For my doctoral research I have explored a range of sites in London and in the Chilean Atacama Desert.


  • PhD


    School of Humanities


    Ceramics & Glass, 2011–2017

  • My first degree was in painting and printmaking, but finding the artist's life too solitary I moved to social science instead. Despite camouflaging myself successfully as an academic, I always went on thinking like a painter underneath. In 2008 I decided to turn my back on writing and learn to work with glass. My current research at the RCA is about Glass and Place. It draws on all strands of my life to date.
  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Bristol Polytechnic, 1976; MSc Sociology Applied to Medicine, University of London, 1978; PhD Health Policy, University of London, 1996