Conscious and Unconscious Mark Making

I have found the discussions in the field workshops helpful for my own practice surrounding my current subject brief. A lot of my work at the moment is exploring the relationship between impulsive mark making and decisive mark making, something that I see, reflecting particularly on the mindfulness workshop, to almost be an investigation into the relationship between subconsciousness and consciousness.

Drawing these images, I try to consciously be aware whilst making the squares – mostly attempting to draw them with precision and measurement. However, with the more organic marks, I try to turn my mind to other things and unconsciously generate the marks – without trying to apply to much control or direction. I am aware of the difficulties of being completely unconscious of the mark making process, but for me the images offer some kind of reflection on that relationship between consciousness and subconsciousness.

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