Thursday, June 4, 2009
thoughts on the drawing Joan Jonas
When asked what was a drawing for her, Joan Jonas, a well known performance artist participating in 53th Venice Biennial, answered instantly that “it’s everything”. The way she was describing her affection, gave one desire to create them, if in no other way than at least mentally. It is the performance itself, it’s not thinking, it’s something that comes without any rationality. Before performing she does many drawing preparations, but still what happens on stage comes rather naturally. A special affection to the drawing comes when exhibited on a blackboard, for this kind of surface holds a lot of school memories, so in a way it carries a magical element for Jonas. In a debate whether her drawing may be seen as a choreographic piece as well, she remarked that she just considers it as an image made on the ground.