My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process


Published by Cranbrook Art Museum, 2014
Edited with text by Gregory Wittkopp and Nina Samuel
Essays by Leslie S. Edwards, Franz Engel, Shoshana Resnikoff, Shelley Selim, and Cameron Wood
Book design by Elliott Earls
Softcover, 6 x 9 inches
144 pages, full color
ISBN 978-0-9891864-2-1

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My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process brings together 22 artists from around the world to redefine the notion of drawing as a thinking process in the arts and sciences alike. Sketches on paper are the first materialized traces of an idea, but they are also instruments in making a meandering thought concrete. Highlighting multiple sources to show how drawings reveal the interdependency of mark-making and thinking, this publication brings together artists and scientists, basketball coaches and skateboarders, biologists and Native American Indians to show how tracing lines is a prerequisite for all mental activity.

Featured artists include David Bowen, John Cage, Stanley A. Cain, Oron Catts, Benjamin Forster, Front Design, Nikolaus Gansterer, Phil Jackson, Patricia Johanson, Sol LeWitt, Mark Lombardi, Morgan O’Hara, Tony Orrico, Charles Sanders Peirce, Tristan Perich, Robin Rhode, Darrel J. Richards, Eero Saarinen, Ruth Adler Schnee, Carolee Schneemann, Chemi Rosado Seijo, Corrie Van Sice, Jorinde Voigt, and Ionat Zurr.

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Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × .5 in