Mark Making/ Drawing Symposium 2018

Last Friday was all about mark making at Ocean Studios for ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium. Thank you to the organisers Marie Taylor & Beth Heaney who posed the questions below:

Drawing as embodied experience: What do we mean by embodied? If we take it to mean simply the union of body and mind, what are the possibilities/limits when this is challenged? Does drawing have the capacity to give us a sense of existence?

Drawing as a voice: If we consider that body and language have the ‘voice’ in common, and similarly suggest that drawing relates to the body and language, how does the use/philosophical theories of the voice relate to the gestural act of performative drawing? Exploring the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, how might we experience unconscious emotions through voice and drawing – the visible or invisible?

Drawing as performance: Where does it live: as a trace in the mind, an archived documentation or both? 

Drawing as knowledge: Is it tacit knowledge, or a newly encountered embodied experience? Is it a proxy to thinking, can drawing itself think?

Drawing’s place, space and temporality: Considering drawing’s state of flux and ambiguity, what, where or when is drawing’s place? How are spatial temporal conditions contingent to the embodied experience?

 

 My body drawing/ drawing the body. My blind marks.

My body drawing/ drawing the body. My blind marks.

 Lying down drawing around my body accompanied by music and lots of other artists doing the same thing at the same time. Intuitive marks in charcol.

Lying down drawing around my body accompanied by music and lots of other artists doing the same thing at the same time. Intuitive marks in charcol.

 the two pieces I chose to discuss. Internal dialogues with my marks and I wonder what they are telling me?   

the two pieces I chose to discuss. Internal dialogues with my marks and I wonder what they are telling me?

 

 Kim Nguyen Performance was impactful.

Kim Nguyen Performance was impactful.

 Learning and experiencing which parts of the brain engaged when drawing.

Learning and experiencing which parts of the brain engaged when drawing.

 Women in flat advertising images. seeing them a living breathing human beings with Lucy Russel RA. Collaborative drawing and considering our role in each image.

Women in flat advertising images. seeing them a living breathing human beings with Lucy Russel RA. Collaborative drawing and considering our role in each image.