Practice-infused drawing research: 'being present' and 'making present'

Duncan Bullen, Jane Fox, Philippa Lyon

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How can we understand the pivotal value of touch and collaborative processes within two artists’ drawing practice and how do we articulate the generative nature of such practice-based research? Bullen’s drawing explores the relationship between hand, breath and surface, Fox’s, the semi-resisted action of wind between paper and pencil. Both artists have a shared concern with non-representational drawing processes, an expanded notion of ‘material’ and a focus on the experience of reciprocity between the individual practitioner and the world in which they practice. These concerns are discussed in terms of ‘being present’ and ‘making present’, which this article attempts to conceptualise at an interim stage in the research with reference to theory about drawing, anthropology and meditation practice. The understanding of drawing mobilized here is one in which, as Grisewood argues, ‘seeing’ is not a prerequisite. It is a practice of drawing that is about receiving (Berger 2005) and being (Viola 1995). Lyon, Bullen and Fox are developing a collaborative methodology for this research in which their respective embodied, manual practices of drawing and writing are in dialogue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalDrawing: Research, Theory, Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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