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above: Gosia Wlodarczak (2013) A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW AT RMIT, a 17–day drawing performance (19 June - 5 July 2013) and installation inside a black cube constructed in the Gallery 1 space, RMIT Gallery Melbourne. Pigment marker on the walls, ceiling and floor. Dimensions of the room: 340 x 220 x 260(h) cm (click the still image to see enlargement); below right: A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW cube housing the performance room installed in the middle of the RMIT Gallery 1 space, A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW detail.

A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW is a solo exhibition with 17-day drawing performance held at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Performance: 19 June - 5 July 2013. Exhibition: 27 June - 17 August 2013

During 17 days of the A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW performance, between 10.30 am and 5 pm daily I was enclosed in a specially designed sensory limitation cube build inside the RMIT Gallery. Enclosed inside the cube was a room (dimensions 220 x 340 x 260 cm) where I was drawing without any exposure to the outside world – literally ‘drawing’ what I could see in the space around me. I deliberately deny myself the complex stimuli of my senses, especially the sense of sight.

Audiences could view the drawing in progress via the live web cam streaming onto a screen at the gallery's lobby.  

The project researched a unique for me creative situation in contrast to my socially focused practice. By drawing while enclosed inside the small empty room with black walls, ceiling and floor, I reflected upon a situation of a person in solitary confinement, unable to experience the change, exchange and complexity of the world outside, or a state of an embryo in the womb experiencing the womb as the whole universe.

I draw my environment as I see it, in real time - tracing and re-tracing the visible. I only draw what I see never from memory. In A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW I drew my body, lines of the empty room and progressively I drew lines and shapes I could see in my own, already done drawing. Gradually, as the fabric of drawing organically expanded across the wall of the room, I created a new drawn reality—as tangible as the line structure could be—I lived inside the drawing.

Isolation can distort one’s perception of time and a context of presence.