Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Aesthetics in Times of Contagion

Alteration of the Touch Into a Gaze - Reading Through the Drawing

Sonja Šurbatović
Complutense University

Published 2021-07-20


  • drawing,
  • tactile,
  • intimacy,
  • touch,
  • absence

How to Cite

Šurbatović, S. (2021). Alteration of the Touch Into a Gaze - Reading Through the Drawing. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 14(1), 57–69. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-12773


Studying the touch as a sense developed by contact, and the necessity to redefine it, due to the global pandemic and social dissonance that occurred is the topic of this text. Questioning the approach to drawing under the influence of remoteness addresses the need to look closely, to get personal with the drawing, a manifestation of experience. Drawing of intimacy, evaluate concepts of encounter and isolation posing the question of whether we can experience the closeness of the other through the embodiment of the experience in the drawing. Re-examining tactile sensation observed through the obstacle of corporeal distance, a reflection of intimate experiences and spaces opens up for a new interpretation - of touch without the touch. Can this obstacle transform touch into gaze; and can an image in its making, construct a tactile sensation? Intertwining theoretical and practical approach, this text witness drawing and its visual consumption in space of violated closeness.


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