Had a great chat with Kim (wiredsketch.tumblr.com) this evening. Really enjoyed discussing our mutual appreciation and respect for sketching. I find sketching to be integral to my creative process. It is a key tenet of my identity as both a creative practitioner and a human. The freedom of cognition or intuitive cognition facilitated by sketching is something I really enjoy. I am becoming aware that I am consistently sketching and am recognising that this is a part of my creative / life / cognitive process that is so utterly intuitive that I did not even consider to communicate , draw, attention to or examine it. Recognising this is helping me to construct / form / be in touch with my place to stand and way of being. Sketching is a very important reasoning / explorative / playful process for me. The cycle of exploration and enlightenment it perpetuates is very valuable to me. So much so that my intuitive trust in this process often enables to me to exceed the limits of “socially acceptable experimentation” often to the advantage of my personal growth and learning. My innate peace with and trust of sketching perpetuates my confidence and enjoyment of this methodology of practice.
Kim and I discussed a wide range of themes relating to sketching. Prominent themes included:
• The idea of difference between public and private sketches.
• The idea of context having an influence on the sketching process and it’s outcomes
• The fact that it is ok to sometimes do projects which have been defined by parameters / organisations outside oneself.
• The potential to use fore – mentioned other -defined works as opportunities for reflection , challenging ones own sketching process and the potential to conceptualise them as sketches as the opportunity to engage in such public sketches is afforded by a personal sketching process.
• A shared understanding and appreciation of a broad definition of sketching.
• The concept that not knowing the end result is integral to the sketching process.
• the awareness that some people are not comfortable with such ‘extremely’ explorative approaches. And that this is ok.
• The awareness that while sketching is a intuitive way of being / making to us it is not necessarily popular or promoted and as such there is a need to be explicit in communicating the value of this sort of methodology.
• The paradox of structure within creative practice – The awareness that sketching is a highly systematic process despite the fact that it may be perceived to be very ‘loose’.
• The awareness that engagement with a sketching process requires a certain level of connection /conversation with oneself and with the materials / environment / context at hand.
• The learning that embracing reflective practice can enhance the sketching process.
• The awareness that sketching in some way subverts the design process and is a sort of ‘anti -design ‘.
• Emergence as a concept closely related to sketching
• The current cultural context of a highly structured ‘fine art’ world.
– comments that in essence the current cultural context is reminiscent of the Renaissance period due to the way in which artists interact with science / the concept of commission and a very established rather secular ‘fine art’ hierarchy and conversation.
• An awareness that no methodology is necessarily superior to another. And the desire to display / need for tact when promoting the validation of sketching/personal favourites. – it is integral to communicate that expression / recognition/ validation / legitimisation / questioning / education / awareness is the motive of promotion. – not the desire for supremacy.
• The awareness of sketching as a documentary recording process.
• Ephemera/ hoarding / archiving and other great friends of sketching.
Really enjoyed chatting with Kim, looking forward to continuing the conversation …
Also feeling empowered to own my sensibility and to formalise the structure of my Exegesis 😃