Some thoughts on drawing

This iPad drawing of a Beetall iron (1992.0254) from the museum’s collection reminds me of the ironing I had to do while sewing non-medical masks for family, friends, and vulnerable neighbours.

In a time of global crisis, the arts can bring us to a place of beauty and reflection. 

Henri Matisse once said, “Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” Drawing — the making of marks on a planar surface — does not require much in the way of supplies or time and helps to lift the fog of anxiety and fear of this particular moment in history. My drawings during lockdown have mostly been inspired by Matisse, whose simplicity of line shows clarity of vision. And while copying another artist might seem merely to be a skill-building exercise, there is also work in the translation to make the drawing my own. My choices are reflective of my mood that day — creating a mirror of my will to find beauty and hope. Drawing, for me, is meditation.

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Dr. Ingrid Mida

Ingrid E. Mida (PhD, Art History and Visual Culture) is an art historian, dress detective, and curator. She is the author of Reading Fashion in Art (Bloomsbury 2020) and the co-author of The Dress Detective (Bloomsbury 2015). She has written scholarly chapters and articles on fashion and art, as well as drawing as a research method. She is an advocate for drawing as a way of seeing more keenly.