DRAW Event: Drawing and Writing – The Intersection

UAL’s Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing, Stephen Farthing led a presentation and discussion around his essay Drawing and Writing the intersection taken from The Drawn Word, edited by Dr Janet McKensie and Professor Stephen Farthing.

“During their making you can see the strength of the relationship that exists between writing and drawing through the ease with which a trained hand will freely move between the two. That is, I suspect, because both are part of our literacy, both are tools of representation and both designed as methods of managing multidimensional matter. What separate them are alphabets, dictionaries and the way they are read.”
Stephen Farthing, 2013

During his presentation, Professor Farthing’s outlined the taxonomy of drawing he has developed, his belief that text is a 2 dimensional rendering of language, how some drawings follow a clear alphabet and structure like text which can be read (a map) and those that don’t – (artistic drawings).

This event brought together a diverse audience including a wide range of postgraduate students from across UAL (from MA Strategic Fashion Marketing LCF to MA Narrative Environments CSM via MA Animation LCC and MA Drawing Wimbledon), alumni, staff and a handful of externals. A lively discussion ensued between Prof Farthing and the audience, chaired by Tania Kovats, Course Director, MA Drawing.

4 February 2016, The Green Room, Chelsea College of Arts

Image credit: Stephen Farthing