We haven’t really paid much attention to thought as a process. We have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not to the process 1 (David Bohm)
Lines mark the boundaries between inside and out, but they also dissolve them.
Continuous or broken, curved or straight, free-floating or geometric, line can define and divide surfaces, create light and shade, be used for communication, reveal thinking.
Line encapsulates within its structure an intensity and intimacy visible primarily to the artist creator. Line exists between two points of hidden context, between two points of mystery.
To think about line we first need to think about point. For Euclid, the father of geometry, the point is ‘that which has no part’, it is a zero-dimensional entity, possessing no length, breath or volume. Line is simply and axiomatically the running of a point, the ‘breadthless length’, he described it.
line of thought:
a particular way of thinking that is characteristic of some individual or group.
the process of using your mind to consider something carefully.
Thought processes (citta viithi) have been analyzed in great detail in the Buddhist Abhidhamma.
A complete thought process, experienced after a physical or mental object enters the mind, is made up of seventeen thought moments (citta kha.na), including functions of receiving, registering, memory, and volition. These thought moments follow one another in extremely rapid succession, each depends on the previous one.
A line is drawn, in ink, on black paper. At first, the line is not easily distinguishable. Remembering the first, the second line follows. Remembering the previous, the next responds. And so on and so on. The drawer is drawing, if you like, in the dark, attending and navigating through the space of the paper. Moving through time past.
Neural oscillations. Various rhythms having diverse associations.
After a while the first lines reveal themselves, ink drying on the black paper. The process of receiving, registering, memory and volition continues. Line responding to the previous. Gradually, the structure begins to unfold.
1. David Bohm, On Dialogue, Routledge, 1996, p10, (Lee Nichol – editor)
All images, pen and ink on paper (courtesy of Richard Bright)
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