E is for Expression

| February 19, 2014

Ingold reviews four different ways in which writing and drawing might be distinguished in the history of the line. He states, “First, wringing is in a notation; drawing is not. Secondly, drawing is an art; writing is not. Thirdly, writing is a technology; drawing is not. Fourthly, writing is linear; drawing is not.” Despite the differences, I am wondering if there will be something in common between writing and drawing. Maybe we should expand the discussion fields to calligraphy, composing, sculpturing, painting, etc. I consider all of them the aesthetic expressions in a form of dialogue, even though the ways of expression might be different. Drawing, writing, calligraphy, composing, sculpturing, and painting are expressions of either author’s experiences, values, and view of world or historical features. Through a form of dialogue, audiences receive opportunities to access and understand the world of artists. Madonna and Child expressed how people living in the period of the Renaissance to suspect the unlimited power of God and to focus more on individual ability and value. Beethoven expressed his strong conviction against his fate through his No. 9 Symphony. Through analyzing Xizi Wang’s style of calligraphy, we understood how the principles of Taoism were applied. Thinking about our own writings or drawings, do they represent what we experienced, what we value, and what we feel about in certain historical backgrounds?