Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Practised Unseeing

Drawing is practised unseeing. As described by Derrida below, memory creates a link between hand and eye.

“a duel is established between the will to see everything and forget nothing and the faculty of memory, which has formed the habit of a lively absorption of general color and of silhouette, the arabesque of contour. An artist with a perfect sense of form but accustomed to relying above all on his memory and his imagination will find himself at the mercy of a riot of details all clamoring for justice with the fury of a mob in love with absolute equality all justice is trampled underfoot, all harmony sacrificed and destroyed”(Derrida 45)

Blind contour drawing harmonizes the hand with the eye, without the added confusion that one's memory and imagination often creates.


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