Surfaces – front and back

The paper I am using is off cuts of Bank paper 30gsm and 45 gsm given to me by Helen Gibbs in bookbinding. Helen recommended I try layout paper for its whiteness, smoothness and weight.  Surfaces are so crucial, the surface of the paper and surface upon which the paper is placed for the activity of drawing. Every surface has its own quality and suggests depth, not a beyond the surface, but a concern with staying close to the surface, exploring what is on the surface both on the front [the side that is actively drawn upon] and the reverse [the side that that is a consequence of the activity]. ‘An attitude that is concerned with dwelling and being resident’. [Dean Hughes: ‘Dwelling as an approach to creative pedagogy’ p.74]. Even touching the surface lightly the paper is broken, punctured and torn.


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