Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 10, No 1, May 2020

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 9, No 2, December 2019

Wedding5, by Jen Webb

Axon: Creative Explorations, Capsule 4 (Special Issue), April 2019 

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 9, No 1, May 2019

When discussing metaphors of inhabitation and dwelling and their relationship to language, Heidegger’s enigmatic claim in his ‘Letter on Humanism’ (1946), comes to mind: 

Language is the house of being. In its home human beings dwell. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this home. (239)

Detail: Faith McManus ‘Rolling around Heaven all day’, Woodcut, 2016

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 8, No 2, November 2018

‘Leafless trees on forest during dark sky’ by Jack Cain on Unsplash

Axon Capsule 3 (Special Issue), October 2018

'Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam', UK Frederick, 2017

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 8, No 1, May 2018

Material poetics is not a new concept. The last century has seen the boundaries between creative genres dissolve, allowing attentiveness to materiality — once the exclusive concern of sculpture and craft — to pervade and tantalise less tangible practices. The development of a digital realm has not destroyed materiality, as originally feared, but served to foreground it; and the collaboration that can take place between digital and analogue, verbal and visual, is what drives this issue.

The Boat by Stephanie Morris

Axon Capsule 2 (Special Issue), February 2018

Caren Florance and Melinda Smith, Detail from 1962: Be Spoken To (2014-17). Photo: Brenton McGeachie

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 7, No 2, December 2017

Detail of text art by Kelly Malone

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 7, No 1, April 2017

“[P]lay is the laboratory of the possible. To play fully and imaginatively is to step sideways into another reality, between the cracks of ordinary life. Although that ordinary world, so full of cumbersome routines and responsibilities, is still visible to us, its images, strangely, are robbed of their powers.” (Henricks 2006: 1).