Agitating the Void
Drawing and Phenomenology
This paper is adapted from a presentation given at the Drawing Research Network PGR conference on 11 September 2018 at Loughborough University. It takes elements of my PhD research, completed in late-2018, to develop void-like connections between phenomenologic observation and the dichotomy of certainty and uncertainty in the act of drawing. Grounded in Edmund Husserl’s characterisation of phenomenology, I postulate and advance a link between conscious experience – of cognitive and remembered impressions of the void – and its materialisation in drawing. This link, in my approach as an artist, is explored through my own memories of experiences observing geological rock formations at wild and remote places in the world.
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