Discussion on Drawing: Angela Hodgson-Teall and Sarah-Jane Dougal

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RNUAL - February 19, 2010
Reflections on the discussion following Angela Hodgson-Teall's and Sarah-Jane Dougal's Presentations

The facilitator's comments on the presentations:

  • Always rehearse
  • Consider communicability - introduce yourself, give a little bit about your background, say your title clearly and say why it is the project sets you on fire! - You should be able to roll off your research question like it's your name and address, because it is.
  • Avoid getting defensive unnecessarily

Both projects - concerned with the relationship between drawing and writing and both (in a very low tech way) reveal emotions - relations to an other - window onto the soul

  • Drawing and writing - drawing is always a form of translation - moves back and forth between languages - when you get tired of writing, you can draw and when you get tired of drawing, you can write - there's something very interesting that happens when some is drawing and describing at the same time - mapping a relationship between similar processes - also, the spoken word seems much closer to drawing than to writing
  • Drawing peels back the rhetoric of art - drawings can be provisional, be incomplete, so they'll always have a particular charm - how does this relate to successful drawing?
  • Why did Angie choose drawing? She's interested in it being simple and immediate...while also very complex - we've all tried our hands at drawing...
  • Drawing asserts your presence in time and space - announces something - graffiti - "I was here" - pissing on a fire hydrant
  • Concerns with AHT's definition of drawing - her sense that "drawing tells a story" - is drawing necessarily narrative? She's actually defining drawing in a very personal way - she needs to make clear the origin of her definition. Example of Roy Harris - book called Definition in Theory and Practice - useful term "When I use "x" I mean..." - Also, there's a distinction to be made between how you're defining drawing and what you're using it for - what you're expecting to get out of the PhD - AHT - could be a question about it allowing you to communicate - touching and memory
  • The role of personal experience in the PhD - relations with an other
  • Does your studio practice inform your writing practice or vice versa? (I would talk about "anchoring," following MA)
  • Shut down aspects of the PhD that aren't going anywhere...
  • SJD - camera going in and out of focus - encourages feelings of ambiguity - See Claud Heath's work - similar in its marks - brain works to produce connections

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MB: Connection: Drawing/writing and territory and wall writing in FB - connects to annotations (22_02_10)
MB: Connection: camera focus and ambiguity - soft focus not normally used in RTV - Other shots that aren't part of this grammar? (22_02_10)