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The Oxford Dictionary of Art
Ian ChilversIan Chilvers

Method of producing paintings or drawings (or writing or other work) in which the artist suppresses conscious control over the movements of the hand, allowing the unconscious mind to take over; more broadly, the term can be applied to working procedures that embrace chance, improvisation, and free association. Automatism is mainly a modern phenomenon, but it has various precedents, most notably the ‘blot drawings’ of Alexander ... ...

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