Skip to main navigation menu Skip to main content Skip to site footer


Vol. 16 No. 1 (2022): Drawing and Loss

Drawing Process as Loss and Lost Time

31 October 2020


Drawing as an action and exploration requires behavioral losses. A separation, an imposed distance, sometimes an abandonment, a feeling of incompleteness, of something missing, of lack or a need for fulfillment are all situations reflected in and related to drawing. In this article, loss in drawing is described during the action, from the process point of view, and more precisely as the process of losing attitude and attributes through different points of view. Loss during drawing can be found in represented objects which are configured differently, with less accuracy in the representation, in losing senses such as vision, by trying to configurate invisible or inexpressible content, such as loss. In this case, loss in drawing is presented and investigated from the process point of view. During drawing as action, an inner experience and behavior often require loss of one’s certainties, control, habitus, bias, references or final scope. While alive, the loss of “the world around” or that of (first) references to poetical theories becomes the loss of the self, of the artist’s identity during the poetic process. Finally, drawing is presented as a loss and a separation of the represented object from the action of its birth and, therefore, its time-contemporaneity; How loss is experienced when “you are present”. Drawing becomes a transformation, while, after the action (once it is completed), the “loss of time” becomes memory and embodied experience.