Drawing inspiration: From child to adult
Craft in the Bay
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Before the dominance of verbal communication, children grasp at any mechanism within physical or mental reach to help them explore and respond to their surroundings. Perceiving no distinction between system or symbol they deftly interweave gesture, speech, music, dance, drawing as a means to explore their thoughts and position their emerging sense of self into the world. There is no separation of body and mind, all representations are energetic, interested, intentional and fluidly responsive to context. Just as a discarded cardboard box becomes a hybrid of forms changing from container, to car, to robot, so too a drawing reflects a child’s shifting interests. Drawing provides a meditation, a space in which ideas and identities can be explored but unlike the temporality of movement or voice, it leaves behind tangible evidence of the process of creative thinking taking place. Those artists lucky enough to retain the ability to summon this poetically responsive realm understand the value of this paper trail. For them, the act of drawing becomes interrogative, framing and re-framing the perspective from which the concrete is viewed. As one aspect of an object is registered onto paper, a shift in vantage point allows the artist to move and examine with accumulated understanding, the potential knowledge the object contains. Drawing is used to think.
Mayo, N. (2017) 'Drawing Inspiration: From Child to Adult', In McErlain, A. (ed.) Drawing Inspirations. Craft in the Bay, Cardiff. 17 September - 6 November 2017 [Exhibition catalogue]
Essay published in catalogue for the exhibition 'Drawing Inspirations' Craft in the Bay, Cardiff. 17 September - 6 November 2017 Artists exhibiting include; Christie Brown/Clare Florey-Hitchcox/Julia Griffiths-Jones/Kate Haywood/Richard Heeley/Alice Kettle/Megan Ocheduszko/Amanda Simmons/Elizabeth Turrell
Makers guild Wales