The Institutionalization of the Doodle
It took many years to work out that this whole drawing process began at school, when I picked up my pencil to copy down the written words on the blackboard, most of which I could not understand. It was easier to doodle than to write a word, and in a working sense, my drawings have institutionalized the doodle as a diagrammatic art form.
That negative encounter with learning set off a need to make sense of the world through the active manipulation of the pencil line as drawing. It is therefore more meaningful to me to make a drawing, and understand its contents, than to copy down a word, and be totally perplexed by its structure and meaning.
The act of drawing connects the physicality of learning to the engagement with ideas. This is why I use the freehand drawing method as a simple way of connecting the action to the mind.
Artist Bio / CV
John Court – a short biography
John Court was born in 1969 in Bromley, in the county of Kent in England. He graduated from Camberwell School of Art and Design in 1994 and Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997.
John Court moved to Finland in 1997. He lives and works in the far North, near the Arctic Circle. His work has been exibited throughout Scandanavia and featured at several prestigious events in Europe including the Venice Biennale (2005) and the Liverpool Biennale (2004).