On Sunday, May 29 the Drawing Together community again gathered. Our session was led by Esther Bendit Saltzman PhD, BSN. Esther is the nursing liaison for the Graphic Medicine International Collective. Combining her background in nursing with her love of literature, she has taught Graphic Medicine courses at the Memphis College of Art and most recently at California State University, Los Angeles, where she is lecturer faculty in the department of English. Esther also co-edited, with Stephen Tabachnick, Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works, and she contributed a chapter to his edited volume, The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel.
In our opening exercise, Esther invited us to crumple a piece of paper, then uncrumple it, and for five minutes trace its lines. This meditative exercise was a great prelude to our full exercise.
For our full-length exercise, Esther asked us to explore this question: Can a wrinkle be beautiful?
We were asked to identify and explore a wrinkle in our lives and do something with it in drawing. A wrinkle could be something that didn’t go as we expected. It could be something that didn’t go as you wished. It could be something that is a challenge you are facing right now. Explore the wrinkle and its complexities in a drawing. Take 15 minutes and create something beautiful.
Here is our music playlist from the session:
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