Ahead of the cage of language

Invisible Fingers, 2016

Emma TalbotInvisible Fingers, 2016
Gouache on paper, 24 x 30 cm



Artist Emma Talbot leads a drawing workshop responding to Nicola Tyson’s exhibition Beyond the Trace and Talbot’s own practice.

“When I begin to draw, I have no idea what’s going to appear. I work swiftly, to stay just ahead of the cage of language, the linear mind and rational decision-making. I just let the forms grow themselves, self-organize…” 
Nicola Tyson

This workshop will concentrate on the power of drawing to capture how it feels to be in a body, rather than outer views of the body. Relying on memory, imagination and touch, participants will be asked to think about representations of themselves, focusing on individual body parts as well as interpretations of what they think their bodies are like.

Working with paper, pencil and ink, there will be opportunities to develop mark making and explore the descriptive possibilities of drawing.

Materials and refreshments provided with celebratory drinks at the end of the day.

Emma Talbot (b. 1969, Worcestershire) lives and works in London. Studied at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. She is a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Talbot was guest editor for Garageland, issue 4, Painting and Translation. Recent solo exhibitions include The World Blown Apart, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam; Stained With Marks Of Love, Arcadia Missa, New York, USA (2017); Time after Time, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Entrances & Exits, Gallery Twenty Two, Bristol, Unravel These Knots, Freud Museum, London (2016). Her work is held in public and private collections including The David Roberts Collection; Permanent Collection AGWA Perth; and Saatchi Collection.