The space of drawing

  • Cordelia Underhill

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This is the written component of a practice - led Phd concerned with the space of drawing. The space that drawing is seen as being able to occupy has undergone significant changes in last ten years. In this thesis I consider the historical and theoretical background to these changes with direct reference to particular ideas and work that are both important in tracing this history and to my own practice. My discussion is centrally concerned with the efficacy of theories for drawing as they relate to practice, rather than as pure descriptions of practice. I begin by addressing the particular character of writing about drawing identifying some of the possible misunderstandings of this writing that may arise for the practitioner. I then trace significant changes in theoretical and material ideas of space in the last one hundred years that have contributed to the new space of drawing. I discuss how contemporary drawing installation reflects this reconfigured space and ways in which it might expand upon it. The key ideas of this study are then turned towards my chosen technique of collage. In the final chapters I describe and reflect upon the theoretical implications of the practice of this research.
    Date of Award2010
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorJonathon Blackwood (Supervisor)


    • Drawing

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