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Insights, Discoveries, Surprises : Drawing from the Model
Ghitta Caiserman-Roth (1923-2005) and Rhoda Cohen
McGill-Queen's University Press / Hardcover / 1993-10-01 / 0773509933
On Creativity
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Insights, Discoveries, Surprises is an intimate revelation of drawing and the creative process. Ghitta Caiserman-Roth and Rhoda Cohen invite the reader to participate in a rare learning opportunity centred on the discoveries and insights they made while sharing a studio and drawing together.

The book combines candid dialogue, photographs of their drawings, and practical teaching notes. This unique structure allows the authors to share their spontaneous discussion about a creative approach to the subject-matter. Most importantly, it offers an intimate connection between the reader and the artist-writers. By revealing the details of their creative struggles and the challenge of working together, Caiserman-Roth and Cohen hope to inspire readers to generate their own "dialogue" and make their own discoveries.

The frank and personal disclosures and highly individual artistic styles of the authors will stimulate and encourage a diverse audience. Those who have always wanted to draw but have been afraid to try will be motivated to embark on the creative process. Artists who feel blocked will benefit from the insights of experienced colleagues. Those involved in the psychological or psychoanalytical facets of creativity will be fascinated by the different approaches of the artist-teacher and the psychoanalyst-artist. Art teachers and students will discover a wealth of new concepts which will enrich their work. Finally, the beautiful reproductions of the artists' work can be appreciated by all art lovers. --- from the publisher


"The book succeeds in establishing a close, communicative, enriching link with the reader ... I find this to be a generally sensitive and original way to approach the subject of drawing and art making. I particularly like the expressions of fear and doubt, hesitancy and experimentation which must be reassuring to new artists who invariably experience these feelings, and illuminating to the art lover who does not necessarily know this. In some instances, these dialogues are compelling in their intimacy. The constant references to changing materials, moods, and methods are both instructional and warmly subjective." JoAnn Meade, Curator, Alcan Aluminium Ltd.

"Highly original ... The opportunity to tune in on the observing, experiencing, and translation of thought-revealing fantasy into a work of art is a major bonus for the reader ... These two gifted artists and brave communicators are to be congratulated on their exciting, stimulating, and very original publication, and the wonderful original art work that illustrates what they said to each other and what they now share with us. This noteworthy contribution should be of interest and value to all sensitive beings whether they are producers or consumers of artistic creations. In addition they give us an actual demonstration of how individual creativity, subjective and private, can be enhanced when there is opportunity for exchange and articulation with another." George Pollock, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School.

About the Authors:

Ghitta Caiserman-Roth is an internationally known artist, living and teaching in Montreal.
Rhoda Cohen is a psychoanalyst and artist practising in Montreal.

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