Performing Drawology: humhyphenhum Progress Discussion 21 January 2016


In yesterday’s progress discussion, humhyphenhum discussed the origins of the project, collaborating with other artists, and their expected outcomes of the exhibition.

Whilst giving an overview of the project, Deborah and Phil explained that whilst the smaller sketches are a key part of the work, they consider every part of the process to be drawing; the act of hanging the rolls of paper and moving the walls being likened to creating lines, reinforcing the concept of the Gallery itself being the surface on which to draw. For Deborah, one of the most important aspects of the project was to try and capture the process as a whole, in attempt to see if the process of “thinking through drawing” could be revealed in the work, linking closely to her own research, Drawing is Phenomenology.

humhypehnhum progress discussion

They also talked about the impact of collaborating with others for the first time, and the challenges this produces. As humhyphenhum, Deborah and Phil have worked closely together for several years, becoming used the way each other works. They commented on the unexpected results of working with student assistants who don’t necessarily work in the same way – adding a new dimension to the process. As an extension of this – they were interested to see the way the collaboration would work going forwards – as different artists (and assistants) come in to the space to create new work in turn. Interestingly, they also revealed that they could feel themselves becoming “precious” about their own work that they have produced in the space – questioning how they might react to the additions and possible modifications by the other invited artists.

Phil also commented on the performative aspect of the project, and how working on camera had started to modify the way he was working; being aware of “posing”, before getting used to the cameras and carrying on as normal.


humhyphenhum continue working in the space tomorrow. Join them in the Gallery from 3 pm – 4 pm for a summary discussion, recapping the week’s progress.

Stay tuned for more updates and featured artist posts, and follow us on Instagram for more images throughout the exhibition.

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