Writing this at the end of Week 2, I wanted to gather together my thoughts following a group tutorial and further, independent research. 

Balancing themes of data visualisation and media imagery through the process of collage I have created small-scale paintings in oil that depict small hand-made scenes from newspaper cutouts and handmade models. Whilst aesthetically, the works are pleasing to the eye and bring to form the foundations of my ideas for this semester I feel I need to push the outcomes further, to reach an outcome that goes beyond the aesthetics of data visualisation to hint to the idea of storytelling with data. 

With this in mind, considering the ways in which data is presented to us- mainly online and through print publication -I find myself returning to the idea of creating a book, or a textbook, to document my work as if it were creative, educational material to inform and inspire it's readers on the histories of data visualisation and the influence of the founder of modern nursing on healthcare development within the realm of data and statistics. Nightingale’s data visualisation is prescriptive, designed to indicate required reform.

Coupled with research into Italo Calvino's text 'Six Memos for the Next Millenium' written in 1988, a book that creates a universe within itself through the paradoxical and deeply satisfying lectures recorded in 1984 for the Charles Eliot Norton at Harvard University. 

From Calvino's text: 

A mental cinema is always at work in each of us -- we project images in our mind's eye. On why visibility  is a value he says:

If I have included visibility in my list of values to be saved, it is to give warning of the danger we run in losing a basic human faculty: the power of bringing visions into focus with our eyes shut, of bringing forth forms and colours from the lines of black letters on a white page, and in fact of thinking in terms of images.

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