Drawing: Valuing the everyday
[flickr id=”7118020671″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”large” group=”” align=”left”] After the participants at the Look Again… artist workshop had reluctantly chosen a single photo from Mette’s photography workshop, Lucy led them downstairs to the exhibition room, where they were greeted by her exquisitely detailed pencil drawings of rollators, medical devices, bones, and residents of Lotte Care Home, as well as a selection of the objects featured. Lucy uses drawing to look very closely, and in doing so uncovers new knowledge – in previous projects she has helped surgeons and scientists discover new aspects of bone disease and microscopic features of seeds, and reflect on their own ways of looking.
In her research project at Medical Museion, Lucy turned this lens onto experiences of aging and the medical devices that support us as we age – and their location in the museum. Here she challenged participants to draw fast – sketching at least 10 fragments of the objects seen through a paper view-finder. Laying them out on the floor at the end, we asked ourselves what we’d been drawn to, and what we’d ended up seeing. Lucy writes:
I usually ask participants to look slowly, spend time looking, drawing, getting to know unfamiliar objects. I myself take a very long time making meticulous drawings full of closely observed detail. For this workshop I wanted to take myself and the other participants out of my comfort zone by asking everyone to make 10 very quick drawings using a viewfinder. This helped prevent concerns about making a polished finished drawing – impossible under these conditions and stopped preconceptions about the objects seen. When seen through a viewfinder and drawn at speed, we were forced to see the objects we think we know, very differently, and appreciate them in new ways.
The participants’ drawings are below, as they were arranged on the gallery floor, and scanned in for a closer look… If you visit the exhibition with your sketchpad, and would like to send us something to add to the gallery, email Louise on . You can also see a short film of the event here.