On Sunday 27 Dec she will be giving a talk in the Barbara Hepworth Garden in St Ives, and she’s written a short piece on the Tate Blog about her first experience of the garden. One passage struck me as particularly interesting:
“We were reminded that for Hepworth, her left hand was her thinking hand and her right only a motor hand. This reminded me of the string musicians that I’d worked with earlier in the day, their left hands finding the shapes of chord and melody, whilst their right hands bowed or strummed repeatedly.”
I was drawn to the idea that Hepworth and Linder had found a way to express that feeling that we may all have at sometime, that certain actions or movements free up our thinking. Doodling on a pad while you talk to someone might not always be a sign that you’re not interested in the discussion, but instead that you are visually, and crucially, physically also processing the information. You hear of writers who cannot compose except in longhand, or conversely others who find that the act of typing, because it uses both hands, allows them to think more freely. So for this week’s Tate Debate, we ask, how important is physical action in your thinking about or expression of a creative idea?