Deleuzian Dolls: collaborative drawing

My study in 2008 focused on intergenerational collaborative drawing in early childhood via Deleuzian and Deleuzian/Guattarian concepts of desire and rhizome. Six drawings were created by my three year old daughter and myself that examined mother/daughter identities, and how individual, unpredictable connections to things experienced, known, conceptualized, might be imagined.

Desire and transformation enable a rethinking about expressing and making a mark, and how that experience might leave an imprint.
Singularities are encountered through a rhizomatic network: random to each person but not peculiar to each person. The Deleuzian & Guattarian (1980/87) concept of a rhizome as a flat surface enables a re-examination of dominant discourses on how children learn. Rhizomatic networks connect the drawer as a desiring machine to other desiring machines, through multiple singularities, in unpredictable and mutable ways.

Intergenerational collaborative drawing offers opportunities to subvert dominant early childhood discourses about image making, authorship, communication, and intersubjectivities.

My paper: Deleuzian dolls: subverting mother/daughter identities through intergenerational collaborative drawing can be accessed through my eprints:,_Linda.html


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