Drawing as Worldmaking: Revitalising the Liferoom

Riley, Howard and Roberts, Amanda (2013) Drawing as Worldmaking: Revitalising the Liferoom. Tracey.

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Abstract

This paper begins by setting out a cognitivist sociological position from which drawing is construed as a powerful means of gaining and sharing knowledge – the understanding and structuring of our experiences of the world - on a par with the way that the sciences are construed as the means to knowledge. Nelson Goodman is cited as being a leading proponent of this position, first elaborated in his 1978 book Ways of Worldmaking. The paper revitalises Goodman’s explanation of worldmaking as occurring through a range of five transformational processes, by illustrating how the activity of drawing itself affords the application of all such processes in its capacity for making multiple constructions of our world-experiences. The paper then argues that the potential of drawing as worldmaking is best realised through the development of an intelligence of seeing – regarded as a central function of art school pedagogy, and one most conveniently and efficiently explored in the life-room. The continuing validity of life- drawing as a means of nurturing an intelligence of seeing applicable to the worldmaking processes of transformation is illustrated with student work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sota/tracey/journal/edu/2013/riley-roberts.html.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Worldmaking, Life Drawing
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 12:31
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 13:44
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/324

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