Image which shows the first page of the research article titled, Time Trace: A drawn perception by Brooke Leigh. This article from the journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, volume 1, issue 2, published by Intellect Books UK.

Time trace: A drawn perception

If drawing is the trace of an action, and action is transitory, could drawing then exist as a perception of time in space? ‘Time Trace: a drawn perception’ investigates the tactility of the drawing discipline specifically within the context of performative practices. The article aims to discover the act of drawing as a way of marking time and the role of tactility in the experience of live action. By examining the collaborative project, what remains and is to come by Katrina Brown and Rosanna Irvine, the article explores how artists activate the auditory and visual senses to discover the transitory space of past, present and future. In relation to temporal experience, Henri Bergson’s phenomenology of ‘successive sensations’ is analysed alongside Amelia Jones’ interrogation of materiality concerned with the performative use of the artist’s body.

Publication type

Research Article


Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice


Intellect Ltd

Suggested citation

Carlson, B. (2016), ‘Time trace: A drawn perception’, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 1: 2, pp 223–234, doi: 10.1386/drtp.1.2.223_1

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About the publication

Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context. This journal seeks to reestablish the materiality of drawing as a medium at a time when virtual, on-line, electronic media dominates visuality and communication. This peer-reviewed publication represents drawing as a significant discipline in its own right and in a diversity of forms: as an experimental practice, as research, as representation and/or documentation, as historical and/or theoretical exploration, as process or as performance. It explores the drawing discipline across fine art, science and engineering, media and communication, psychology, architecture, design, science and technology, textiles, fashion, social and cultural practices.

A note from the author

This article was published under my former name, Brooke Carlson.