The Silence of the Paper: Embodiment of ‘Artistic Personality’ in the Process of Art-making

By Natalie Dekel.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper asks the question: how artists embody their distinct personality, emotions and experiences, in the process of making an art work? The literature in art does not sufficiently discuss this point, where the literature often refers to the final product from which views about the artist are deduced, or it discusses the views of artists on their work as an afterthought. Either way, the actual process of making art in which an artist ‘recreates’ his identity, as I would define it, and embodies part of himself through the process, are not often discussed.
For my MPhil research I have been documenting my personal insights and experiences during the process of creating art works (paintings, drawings and animation films), and have also engaged in interviewing artists about their creative processes. By separating the art-making process into its various elements (such as line and colour) this article explores the meanings and the implications of each.
I will demonstrate how line acts as a personification and evolution of the artists’ thoughts, and how colour builds up emotional layers. Every colour and line create a certain resonance, a story that can elicit responses from the viewers.

Keywords: Authorship, Art, Line, Colour, Emotion, Self, Personality

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.167-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.256MB).

Natalie Dekel

Inter Library Loans Researcher, ILL, Hartley Library, Southampton University, Southampton, UK

Completed MPhil on authorship in animation films making (Leeds Met Uni, 2007), Natalie is following up with a PhD research proposal, looking at the ways that artists embody their personality in the process of making art. She is engaged in interviewing artists, facilitating art workshops, documenting processes in which artists are creating their works, as well as self-observing her own creative processes. Natalie is a visionary painter, and her academic and artistic works can be viewed on


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