Drawn Behind The Fourth Wall
The Drawing Produces a Mobile, Embodied Spectatorial Presence
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.
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