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Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082624

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.001.0001

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Drawing as Thinking

Drawing as Thinking

A Visual Response to To the Lighthouse

(p.177) Drawing as Thinking
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Sarah Blake

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines dialogues through art and across time by making a reading of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse through drawing. Focusing on the relationship between drawing and reading, it argues that both acts can be creative, even playful, activities that enable spontaneity and continuing dialogue. It highlights a correspondence between the fluidity of Mrs. Ramsay's experience of reading in To the Lighthouse and ideas of indeterminacy and open-ended exploration in drawing practice. It also considers conversational drawing as visual thinking and as a technique that encourages a collaborative approach to mark-making. Finally, it suggests that To the Lighthouse can be read as an exploration of two opposing ways of thinking, and of how these contrasting mind-sets coexist and communicate with one another.

Keywords:   dialogue, art, reading, To the Lighthouse, drawing, indeterminacy, open-ended exploration, visual thinking, mark-making

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