Naomi is a PhD candidate in History of Art and the recipient of a Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship, allowing her to pursue her research on the photographic works of Dora Maar and their dialogic relationship with surrealism.
Prior to arriving in Edinburgh, Naomi studied for five years at the University of St Andrews – first, for an MA (Hons) in Art History and Classical Studies, and then an MLitt in History of Photography. Her research to date has mainly been concerned with analysing the contributions of women artists to the early 20th century European avant-gardes: her MA and MLitt dissertations discussed, respectively, the theme of desire in the works of Czech surrealist, Toyen; and the relationship between studio and experimental portraiture by female photographers between the wars.
The provisional title for Naomi's PhD thesis is 'Le cadre déborde: the subject, the sensory and the surreal in Dora Maar's photographic works.' Working against the biographical approach that has characterised writing on Maar's life and art to date, it provides a theory-driven analysis of her photographs. In doing so, it seeks to expand the framework within which those works are considered in dialogue with surrealism, as well as locating them within the wider context of photographic modernism.
Naomi is also currently serving on the committee of the Association for Art History's Student Members Group, and is a member of the Dada & Surrealism Research Group led by Edinburgh College of Art.
During the 2017/18 academic year, Naomi is tutoring on the undergraduate course History of Art 2.
'Calum Colvin and the Postmodern Turn' in Calum Colvin: The Magic Box, Edinburgh Printmakers, 2014 (catalogue essay)
'Dora dans les rues: female flânerie and the dérive in Dora Maar’s street photography.' Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Annual Conference, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, October 2017
'Maar, Bataille, and the Eye: Aggressive visuality in Dora Maar's photomontage.' Aggression, Transgression & the Avant-garde One-day International Conference, University of Edinburgh, June 2017
'Witnessing the Surreal: Blind insight in Dora Maar's surrealist photomontage.' Franco-Scottish Research Network Interdisciplinary Seminar, Institut Français Écosse, December 2016
'Re/presenting the Body: Between art and science.' Association for Art History Summer Symposium, University of Glasgow, July 2017
'Aggression, Transgression & the Avant-garde.' One-day International Conference, University of Edinburgh, June 2017
'Changing Tides: Exploring the relationships between people, places and art.' Annual History of Art Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Edinburgh, June 2016