Jillian Tamaki

Celia Neubauer

Aug 30th, 2009

One of the most influential teachers I ever had was Celia Neubauer. She wasn’t really an “official” teacher of mine and she definitely wouldn’t remember me– I was required by ACAD to take some make-up courses for credit so I took a very introductory course at Queens University (where I did my Foundation year) as an excuse to go back to Ontario and hang out.

As luck would have it, Ms. Neubauer was conducting the course. She was less interested in “drawing” (as I understood it) and more focused on “mark-making”, which was a very new, strange concept for me. The course left quite an impression, although obviously my work is in no way abstract. The lesson about mark-making is now, for me, about the broad strokes, relinquishing a degree of control about embracing “The Incidental”. It goes to show, you will never know where you’ll pick these things up.