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    A Garland Of Thoughts: Ruskin And Contemporary Sight / Site Sensitive Drawing
    Sarah Casey and Gerry Davies

    This paper explores a particular feature of contemporary drawing practice: that of the visual artist, and particularly the draughts-person, who works in close collaboration with other professionals from cognate investigative disciplines, and in research relationships and environments where drawing might not normally be expected to operate. The paper lays out some of the historical and contemporary context, the social and cultural pressures and opportunities and, with reference to Ruskin and four exemplary British artists: Sian Bowen, Jill Gibbon, Leo Duff & Sarah Simblet; seeks to establish and illustrate this distinctive aspect of their drawing practices and asks what we might gain from it.

    Trace: Caroline Ali

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    Biographical information

    Sarah Casey

    Sarah Casey is Lecturer in Sculpture and Installation at Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art, Lancaster University. Her PhD explored the value of delicacy in drawing and saw her taking drawing into a range of different sites and locations. She co- leads with Gerry Davies the research project Walking the Line: Drawing in Other Terrains which examines artists use of drawing in relation to investigative methodologies in other professional fields.

    Sarah Casey
    Lecturer in Sculpture and Installation
    Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art
    e-mail: sarah.casey@lancaster.ac.uk

    Gerry Davies

    Gerry Davies is senior Lecturer in Drawing in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art, Lancaster University.  He graduated from Royal College of Art where he studied with Peter de Francia and John Golding. He was Artist in Residence at Durham Cathedral UK and was a Fulbright scholar at Purdue University USA.  He has had a number of solo shows of his drawings and been represented in numerous group and national survey exhibitions; Drawing Breath: A Selection to Mark Ten Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize. He lives and works in Lancaster, Lancashire.

    Gerry Davies
    Senior Lecturer in Drawing
    Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art
    e-mail: g.davies@lancaster.ac.uk

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