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6. HUMANITIES, 6.4 ART, Arts, Art history

Publication Details

This paper was given as part of the Paper Research Seminar Programme at Northumbria University. Thursday 23/05/2013 PSN – Paper Studio Northumbria Squires Workshop, Newcastle. Images of own practice reproduced on pages 13-17.


Paper: A Reserve or a Background?

“Using examples from contemporary practice and my own research, this presentation will discuss two models for the role of paper in drawing: as background and as reserve. It will focus on Walter Benjamin's definition for the graphic lines almost metaphysical relationship to the background, and compare it with Norman Bryson's model of the paper as a reserve, for him an 'area without qualities'.”