I was surprised to learn that synonyms for representation include painting, drawing, illustration, and sketch.
Of course part of the mission of Transparent Drawing is an attack on representation. A quick refresher can be found on the pages titled DRAWING WITHOUT REPRESENTATION and BETWEEN CONCEPTION AND REPRESENTATION.
I guess I had never gone as far as to understand that in our language, the word sketch can be used interchangeably with the word representation. It is almost frightening to think that there is such a fundamental cultural connection about such an innocent word as, for example, sketch.
Can we all agree with much fervor that a sketch is not a representation? In my view, a sketch is nearly the exact opposite of a representation. Have we become so culturally sloppy that we have allowed a confluence of these definitions?
Who is watching for these cultural errors? Apparently nobody. So it I guess falls to us to wade into the sticky cultural morass and do our best to fix this.
And it starts with us. As Transparent Drawers, we need to be ever vigilant about the word sketch. We cannot let a word that is at the heart and soul of what we believe in become culturally degraded. We must meditate on purity by rejecting representation.