Drawing as language: the systemic-functional semiotic argument.

Riley, Howard (2019) Drawing as language: the systemic-functional semiotic argument. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 2019 (2). pp. 132-144. ISSN 1470-2029

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This article argues that drawing is a medium of visual communication, using any tool leaving a trace upon a surface, capable of referring to objects and events in the past, present and future, real and imaginary, functioning to modulate the viewer’s attitude towards the subject-matter through the systematic selection and combination of visual elements according to cultural conventions which are subject to challenge, change and misunderstandings. In other words, I argue that drawing operates as language, defined in terms of systemic-functional semiotic theory. The theoretical basis is explained and discussed, with examples of the author’s drawings demonstrating the theory as driver of creativity, facilitating the negotiation of meaning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drawing Language Semogenic Systemic-Functional Semiotics Driver of Creativity Visualcy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 12:51
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 13:13
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/946

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