Drawn Behind The Fourth Wall

The Drawing Produces a Mobile, Embodied Spectatorial Presence

  • Sue Field National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)


This paper examines the presence of the spectator viewing a drawing, particularly in the context of a mobile, embodied spectatorial presence and gaze; the presence of the drawing artist in the process or ‘moment of drawing’ is largely irrelevant. The drawing generates a spectatorial encounter which evokes both presence and absence, including that of the drawer. My drawing practice seeks to discover a hybrid genre that is both a drawing and a ‘theatre without actors’, constructed through the image of the empty stage. The spectator’s encounter with the drawing becomes a form of post-dramatic theatre. For this paper, I will examine my drawn work titled: The Chairs, which was my first completed work undertaken for this research. The paper will also identify the outcomes from this work and how they underpin my current investigations.

How to Cite
FIELD, Sue. Drawn Behind The Fourth Wall. TRACEY, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, p. 1-12, nov. 2016. ISSN 1742-3570. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/TRACEY/article/view/2427>. Date accessed: 16 june 2019.