Drawing in and out of Place

Rohr, D and Ashcroft, Tamzin (2018) Drawing in and out of Place. Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, 30 (1). pp. 21-28. ISSN ISSN 1083–9194

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Abstract

This essay examines reflectively the author’s own methodologies of practice concerned with drawing and the experience of the natural environment. It aims to further establish the continued relevance of John Ruskin’s approach and thoughts on drawing. For Ruskin drawing acts as a foundation to understanding the natural environment, without dividing the natural from the man-made, as his interest in the environment seamlessly stretched across organic states of being to cultural artifice. Ruskin’s writings reinforce a reciprocal relationship between theory and practice, mediating and scrutinizing a problematic binary understanding of culture and nature. He firmly believed in the value of drawing as a form of visual engagement that transcends mere looking. The paper sketches out how Ruskin’s thoughts can be understood in a wider phenomenological and anthropological context, and how in turn these core methodologies inform practices of drawing in and outside of place, addressing site specific drawing alongside the studio translation process. The act of engaging with drawing as a means of understanding place, environment and inter-subjective encounter helps to understand the relationship between perceived self and others, inanimate or animate, leading on to Ruskin’s concept of sympathy that lies at the heart of the method of drawing put forward. The essay is authored by Doris Rohr and contains images of her practice alongside that of student Tamzin Ashcroft who kindly agreed to contribute images of her and her sketchbook.

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Additional Information and Comments: The essay is authored by Doris Rohr and contains images of her practice alongside that of student Tamzin Ashcroft who kindly agreed to contribute images of her and her sketchbook. Consent form attached. Publishers consent received on 29/4/19 Your library is welcome to upload the entire issue of EAP that includes your article. Our policy is as follows: “This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.”
Keywords: drawing environment nature Ruskin Phenomenology sympathy
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Creative and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Doris Rohr
Date Deposited: 03 May 2019 13:21
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 13:21
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2716

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