Coming from, and complimenting my moving image practise I have been experimenting with the moment of drawing, creating rules and structures as a way of exploring the balance between instinct and intellect.
Blind Movies is a book resulting from research made during a Wellcome Trust Fellowship at Oxford University. I was inspired by the act of ‘blind drawing’ various movies, primarily three scenes in Werner Herzog’s documentary Land of Silence and Darkness about a deaf and blind woman communicating through touch.
Each work is drawn continuously for the duration of a film, onto a single sheet of paper covered with carbon paper. The drawings become a tangle of marks, a material representation of the time and formal and emotional density of the movie.
The drawings have been an ongoing part of my practise since 2006. The opportunity to publish Blind Movies came through a Wellcome Trust Fellowship with Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University. Further funding came from Arts Council South East. The book was launched at Ovada, Oxford in December 2009.
Designed By Cameron Leadbetter
Essay by Silke Panse. Edited by Paul Bonaventura.
Published by Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing.
The book is available in the shop, or from LUX.