Writing and drawing use similar gestures to create visual fields for the
eye to see and the mind to read. Make a mark and add another: this is a basic
procedure and I use it here with different colored markers. Seeing precedes reading. Systems and
games come about through patterns and repetitions, which introduces rules.
Broken rules are not the same as spontaneity - but is this always apparent?
vowels, mono-prints, digital prints ofused press-type sheets, rubber stamps.
Making rows of linked figure 8s down the page in grade
school penmanship class - the anxiety of fucking it up – compared to later,
drawing linked 8s in the margins anywhere, doodling. The particular feel of
that repetitive gesture became embedded, became an outlet for anxiety, an aid
to concentration. I see now that penmanship - (which I hated - no, I hated the stress) - was
actually a practice in concentration like tennis: stay there on the page with your eye on the ball but relaxed,
not self-conscious, alert. Attention drifts for a moment and you lose it. To achieve that quality of supple
attention the whole body must be brought into play…
I always had a drifty mind.
“Daydreams in class’ scrawled in red on report cards.
black ink on a sheet of plexi , writing / drawing into the wet ink and printing
it – shades of blackboard. The
schoolroom blackboard of Practice: write the letter ‘a’ fifty times. Punishment:
I will not talk in class, fifty times. Fifty was a significant number. Performance: who can write the right answer
on the board? Diagramming sentences. Physics. Geometry. Blackboard was a
thinking board, erasures were the
poetry of it.
The connection between writing and thinking for me became
On display at Key Projects, in the exhibit: "Image worth reading" - October 2015