Example R. (Visual Art)

The final hypothetical example will be used to follow through the entire process of writing a research statement and entering the data into the My Research Publications on the Griffith Staff Portal

R makes drawings in various formats and mediums. Her singular interest is the graphic portrait and over the past three years R has produced a series of large biro drawings. A number these works were exhibited in two regional galleries and these showings were entered on the research publications portal asQ2_1minor outputs. Three drawings were shown in the Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery in Townsville, four in the Logan City Art Gallery, and another work was selected in the Salon deRefuses at the S.H.ErvinGallery in Sydney. This was also entered as a Q2_1 output. In total, eight works were shown in these three exhibitions. Most importantly, this was the first occasion that each of the eight works were made publicly available. For example, if any of these works were also shown in the solo exhibition R had in 2014 at Bruce Heyser Gallery (which was claimed as a major output), a second showing would exclude them from inclusion in the portfolio. In summary, R is making up a portfolio in which there are eight original works each around 200 x 120 cm in scale and shown for the first time. All documentation has been entered for each of these three outputs, including digital images, copies of invitations, reviews, and catalogues, and this has been verified by the Dean of Research.

1. Research Background

  • Field
  • Context
  • Research Question

2. Research Contribution

  • Innovation
  • New Knowledge

3. Research Significance

  • Evidence of Excellenc
Tips for Writing a Research Statement:

To conserve work count, keep reference to authorities to a minimum and use commonly accepted abbreviations such as MCA Syd., MoMA, AGNSW.

Do not use hyperbole or make impossibly grandiose claims such as “this work changed the nature of painting practice”. Wherever possible, make evidence-based declarations for the significance of the research.

Here is R’s Research Statement:

(It meets the designated limit as it is just under 2000 characters)

Research Background

In recent decades, there has been renewed interest in drawing, with major exhibitions (Hoptman 2002)and publications (Petherbridge 2011).Even so,very little attention has been given to the role of portrait drawing, which is also largely overlooked in debates on the value of painted portraits over photographic portraits.R has worked almost exclusively for over a decade with graphic mediums, producing large-scale portraits in which she attempts to demonstrate the unique properties of the drawn image and the multiplicity or layers of visual interaction involved in graphic portraiture as opposed to the relative immediacy of both the photographic and painted portrait.

Research Contribution

R has adopted a number of innovative approaches to explore the potential for the contemporary drawn portrait and this portfolio brings together eight works exhibited at the Perc Tucker, Logan, and S. H.ErvinGalleries that represent a particular strategy. All are large-scale drawings on paper using blue biro.What is particularly compelling about this group of works is that the portrait images are seemingly constructed by a single continuous line. This acts to create a highly three dimensional physiognomy while at the same time the thin, biro linearity amplifies the flatness of the paper.

Research Significance

R has received critical acclaim for her graphic portraiture,with works purchased by AGNSW, and GOMA.This particular series of large biro drawings, including three exhibited in Townsville,were acquired by theMCA,Sydney. Art historian Nancy Underhill’s Logan catalogue essay highlighted the innovative contribution of R’s approach and how it defies the conventions for continuous line construction as commonly exemplified by Claude Mellan’s 1649 Sudarium engraving (attached in PDF). Also a critical review of the Salon de Refuses in ArtMonthly singled out R’s work and noted the rarity of drawing in any exhibitions of portraiture (attached PDF).

The next step is for R to enter the portfolio in My Research Publications on the Portal. Apart from the Research Statement, the other critical fields are “Title of Work” where a unique descriptive name for the portfolio is created and “Comment/Description of Work” that must show the list of minor outputs that make up the portfolio along with their portal reference number as shown for R’s example below.

Portfolio contains the following items:
Q2_1 Face to Face, Perc Tuncer Gallery 2014. #78921
Q2_1 Drawing the Figure, Logan City Art Gallery 2015 #25432
Q2_1 Salon de Refused 2015, S.H. Ervin Gallery. # 12345

The complete data page for R’s entry in My Research Publications serves as a template for entering a portfolio.