A shell is built from the inside out. A visual analysis of the space inside
Poem found in The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard So now I have become a decorative drawing Sentimental scrolls Coiling spirals An organized surface in black and white An yet I just heard myself breathe Is it really a drawing Is it really I. Pierre Albert Birot
Making some recent
drawings, I had to remind myself to study the object but look without
recognition, to let go of any expectations of how it might look and just
observe it as it really is. So to quieten the inner narrative I deliberately
cut out thoughts of knowing what it is or looks like because that reading will lead the drawing and it will then look
like the thing I expect to see.
language is not the same thing” Professor Nancy Kanwisher.From the Institute for Brain
Research, in Massachusetts:
Kanwisher uses the metaphor of the brain as a
“Swiss Army knife” containing a lot of different tools rather than a single all
Specialised regions for specific cognitive tasks have been
discovered for the perception of faces, bodies, words and an area that
specializes in processing places.
Recognition has no words it is wired
straight to those brain hot spots.
Observation over a prior knowledge remains important to visual understanding and communication. A
viewer will recognise an experience before being aware of what the actual event
is, this instant interpretation is used continuously and reflects our inbuilt knowledge as we glimpse fragments throughout our
everyday life. It is our brains that do the hard work
to complete partial information and understand the things around us without us
ever recognising this process.
Unconsciously working hard to complete the
unfinished or ambiguous image, the brain is always searching for recognisable
qualities. It’s how our brain sees everything, only later adding
our knowledge, experience, memory and culture.
In the glimpse
there is ambiguity and smudginess as opposed to the
drier accuracy at the other end of the scale of the unambiguous, academic or
technical drawing discipline. The connections
between seeing and drawing can become a constituent of an abstract image.
In “Great Drawings of the world “ the
author, Una Johnson says:
“drawings are the
result of the artists efforts to organise a vision whether it is visible or
invisible to the naked eye, into a structural whole
This requires the ability to select and emphasise differing elements and
eliminate inconsequential details”.
I use observation
to understand visually not literally, looking for the differences between
things, together with qualities like density and space that can inform an