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In touch and out of mind: the psychodynamics of obsessive drawing

Petherbridge, Deanna (2007) In touch and out of mind: the psychodynamics of obsessive drawing. In: Creativity, madness and civilization. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, pp. 265-285. ISBN 1847180914

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Abstract

This publication contains selections from a four-day inter-disciplinary seminar on Madness and Creativity organised by the Durrell School of Corfu in May 2005. The high level of the papers indicated the growth of theoretical re-engagement with issues of creativity. Petherbridge’s contribution contextualised aspects of ‘obsessional practice’ in relation to a brief historical overview of art and alterity, and proposed that such practices have become depathologised and naturalised within contemporary studio practice and its reception. This developed and theorised a well-received conference paper given at the University of New South Wales, Sydney 25-26 July, 2003. The lecture “Obsessive Drawing” was fourth of a 6-part lecture Series Drawing towards Enquiry delivered at the National Gallery London from February 8th – March 15 2006 in association with Camberwell College of Art, The University of the Arts, London and the National Gallery (taped and filmed.) The series ended with a symposium chaired by Professor Stephen Farthing, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing, University of the Arts, London, Drawing: The Future and the proceedings were published in 2006 (ISBN 1-870540-79-4). As the result of the wide range of this extremely well-attended lecture series, Petherbridge was invited to give the prestigious McNabb Memorial Lecture at The Art Institute of Chicago, June 4 2006 (celebrating the acquisition and exhibition of the wide-ranging Dorothy Braude Edinburg collection) and the lecture “Contemporary Drawing: Reinvigorating the Graphic Imperative” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on March 12 2007. She returned to issues of graphic creativity and obsession in relation to issues of creative block and self-critical practices in the chapter “Creativity and the Critical Gaze of Practice” for the book New Perspectives on Creativity: Visual Culture and Creative Practices, edited by Andrew Spicer and Angela Partington, intended for publication (Manchester University Press) in 2008/9.

Additional Information:This publication contains selections from a four-day inter-disciplinary seminar on Madness and Creativity organised by the Durrell School of Corfu in May 2005. The high level of the papers indicated the growth of theoretical re-engagement with issues of creativity. Petherbridge’s contribution contextualised aspects of ‘obsessional practice’ in relation to a brief historical overview of art and alterity, and proposed that such practices have become depathologised and naturalised within contemporary studio practice and its reception. This developed and theorised a well-received conference paper given at the University of New South Wales, Sydney 25-26 July, 2003. The lecture “Obsessive Drawing” was fourth of a 6-part lecture Series Drawing towards Enquiry delivered at the National Gallery London from February 8th – March 15 2006 in association with Camberwell College of Art, The University of the Arts, London and the National Gallery (taped and filmed.) The series ended with a symposium chaired by Professor Stephen Farthing, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing, University of the Arts, London, Drawing: The Future and the proceedings were published in 2006 (ISBN 1-870540-79-4). As the result of the wide range of this extremely well-attended lecture series, Petherbridge was invited to give the prestigious McNabb Memorial Lecture at The Art Institute of Chicago, June 4 2006 (celebrating the acquisition and exhibition of the wide-ranging Dorothy Braude Edinburg collection) and the lecture “Contemporary Drawing: Reinvigorating the Graphic Imperative” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on March 12 2007. She returned to issues of graphic creativity and obsession in relation to issues of creative block and self-critical practices in the chapter “Creativity and the Critical Gaze of Practice” for the book New Perspectives on Creativity: Visual Culture and Creative Practices, edited by Andrew Spicer and Angela Partington, intended for publication (Manchester University Press) in 2008/9.
Keywords:Drawing, Art
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W110 Drawing
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1230
Deposited On:27 Sep 2007

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