Drawn-Out: trace and catharsis

Photograph of artist, Brooke Leigh performing, ‘Drawn-Out’ at MCA ARTBAR curated by Julie Rrap, August 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. In this performance, the artist kneels on the floor with her arms outstretched and pushes a 3kg piece of sandstone back and forth in front of her head until she reaches physical exhaustion. ‘Drawn-Out' investigates the performative act of drawing to encounter intense states of the body as a cathartic experience. In this sense, the drawing process functions as a way to release severely internalised distress.

Drawn-Out: trace and catharsis explores the act of encountering intense states of the body as an experience of catharsis. By re-creating and enacting intense psychological, emotional and physical states in performance art, artists may elicit a sense of empathy in the viewer or audience. Drawing from Aristotle’s notion of catharsis and Amelia Jones’ theories of […]