Mystery Artifact

14 Nov

{NOTE: Elizabeth Glazner is a California-based writer, web designer and artist who occasionally blogs about drawing at Drawings and Digressions. She’s our guest blogger today.}

I don’t like the assumption that some people can draw and others can’t. Anyone who can hold a pencil or a pen, or in some way create some sort of mark-making, can draw, just as anyone who can think can write. We are all artists and writers in that sense.

Witness the doodle or the tweet. Both of these are means of communicating in our culture, though the first is usually done in a semi-aware and private manner and the latter is designed to be a shout out to others. What they have in common is that they are both organic. They both indicate immediate process and execution and are windows into the doodler or tweeter’s sensibilities. “Artists” are lauded for such behavior because of their specialness.

I found this doodle the other day and think it is worth sharing. Withhold judgment re: style or context, and it gains power as a mystery artifact:

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One Response to “Mystery Artifact”

  1. Kathleen C. November 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    That is interesting – it looks upside down. But as “mystery artifact” I suppose it can be either way and that lends to the point.

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