The politics of life drawing ranges across many domains eg the politics of socio-economic class and gender, immigrant politics, ideal beauty politics et al. My focus at present is on the disability politics of life drawing.

 At the moment, my “Big Open-Ended Question” is something like: What’s my response to the absence or invisibility of the disabled body and/ or ill body in life drawing? What are the disability identity politics of this invisibility? And why does this question matter?

I need to revisit Rosemary Garland-Thomson’s body of work on the gaze and staring. Her research focus is primarily in the literary, cultural studies and ethical realms of disability studies. However, see in particular, Re-Presenting Disability [which]

addresses issues surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries, a topic which is receiving much academic attention and is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for practitioners working in wide-ranging museums and related cultural organisations.

This volume of provocative and timely contributions, brings together twenty researchers, practitioners and academics from different disciplinary, institutional and cultural contexts to explore issues surrounding the cultural representation of disabled people and, more particularly, the inclusion (as well as the marked absence) of disability-related narratives in museum and gallery displays. The diverse perspectives featured in the book offer fresh ways of interrogating and understanding contemporary representational practices as well as illuminating existing, related debates concerning identity politics, social agency and organisational purposes and responsibilities, which have considerable currency within museums and museum studies.

Re-presenting disability: essays
Re-presenting disability: essays
The politics of life drawing