Drawing and Longing
Reading the Relics of Practice
Keywords:juvenilia, visual juvenilia, practice-based research, paratext, Eleanor Bowen
This essay incorporates both images and text in order to examine how the concept of "juvenilia" applies to a visual artist. The author, a practising artist, revisits her own childhood drawings as a means of considering what it is to make images, to think and feel through picturing, and as a means of reflecting on her visual practice in relation to narrative, performance and archaeological process. Readers are offered here a paratext, that is, a text-with-image piece that draws out subject matter through pairings or clusters of text with text, image with image, or text with image.
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