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|Title: ||Drawing as visual communication|
|Authors: ||Minichiello, Mario|
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Publisher: ||© Mario Minichiello|
|Abstract: ||This collection of practice material and publications represents more than three years of research activities, focused on one thematic concern: ‘Drawing as Visual Communication’ that is; the study and application of drawing as a tool of expression, communication, narrative and analysis in mass-mediated contexts. This
model of research serves to fill a major gap in the recognition of ‘drawing’ as a political act and a mediator of key social and cultural concerns.
Though there is recognition of the place of war artists during the World Wars, and subsequent conflicts this model of work is ultimately usurped by photographic practices. Equally, though drawing inevitably played a part in propaganda posters and artworks, the ideological agenda for the representation was already determined. (Keane,Weight: 1992:11)
Further more, ‘drawing’ in mass mediated contexts
has largely been viewed as the ‘political cartoon’, (Bell: 2004) or increasingly, as a model of ‘decoration’ to illustrate articles, rather than as an authored process of critique, to be read on the same terms and conditions as the
It is this latter definition of drawing that my own work in the mass media has been concerned with, and which I wish to theorise and evidence in this discussion and portfolio.
For the visual artist, drawing encourages and develops the connection between thinking and doing
which must take place at intuitive, as well as more consciously determinative levels.
The ability to engage with the world through drawing contains a special and particular cognitive capacity in addition to a set of learned
technical skills. At root the purpose of making
drawings is to mediate between perception,
mental life, and the physical world.
It is important to understand that this process is
not primarily mechanical. In making a drawing, artists utilise a way of incorporating the observed world into intuitive as well as a systematic intellectual
process. [... continued].|
|Description: ||Final report presented in support of a
Doctorial Thesis by Practice. This thesis is restricted indefinitely.|
|Version: ||Closed access|
|Appears in Collections:||Closed Access PhD theses (School of Arts)|
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