Collaborative drawing in many respects is different from a traditional understandings of individual children’s art activities. It provokes an adult and a child to enter intergenerational ontological dialogue in which a word and a picture interflow to unveil inner reflections of reality and discover dreams. Collaborative drawing is rhizomatic in nature. It mainly focuses on a process of exploring unknown through the media of graphic art and an oral word.
Thinking about human nature that comprises both conscious and unconscious, collaborative drawing helps to elucidate unknown through materialistically known stances of semiotics. According to Jung (1989), the use of sign systems to which drawings and words belong to are reflective of an individual’s inner truth and/or dreams. To this point, the story of an individual’s life begins somewhere while putting him/her on a journey for seeking personal truths and/or dreams within an array of offered possibilities and realities. In other words, the life journey, like collaborative drawing in its essence, has no either beginning or end. It is like a rhizome that “[…] is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo…” (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987, p. 25) or “it is a true life [which] is invisible, hidden in the rhizome” (Jung, 1989, p. 4). Following the idea of rhizomatic thinking and being, the multitude of truths and/or dreams interchange and merge together on paper and in dialogue to produce an individual ontology within the commonly known reality (Bakhtin, 1981; Matusov, 2009).
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