This Summer Term, the Royal Drawing School continues its series of Creative Conversations; online dialogues between artists, curators and writers. Curated by Dr Claudia Tobin, lectures are held Wednesday evenings live on Zoom.
This discussion will centre on the character and role of drawing in the oeuvre of Louise Bourgeois as it evolved over the course of her long career. For Bourgeois, drawing was an exercise in looking, thinking, and feeling. In the beginning she made academic studies and likenesses, but as she found her artistic voice, she developed a highly idiosyncratic iconography of forms and stylistic devices. There is a movement from the observation of external reality to the rendering of her inner psychic landscape. The immediacy and intimacy of her drawings make them almost like a diary. The line between writing and drawing is porous and often disappears altogether. Bourgeois’ singular line is a sensitive instrument able to capture every feather thought or twitch of the unconscious. The discussion explores and clarifies the relationship between conscious and unconscious in Bourgeois’ drawing. As the artist once wrote, “drawing is the most basic psychological release.”