"Pure psychic automatism" was how André Breton defined surrealism, and while the definition has proved capable of significant expansion, automatism remains of prime importance in the movement.
Automatic drawing was developed by the surrealists, as a means of expressing the subconscious. In automatic drawing, the hand is allowed to move 'randomly' across the paper. In applying chance and accident to mark-making, drawing is to a large extent freed of rational control. Hence the drawing produced may be attributed in part to the subconscious and may reveal something of the psyche, which would otherwise be repressed.
i draw my information from anything. this was "sommer" from wikipedia. (don't really care that it's not an academic resource).
last year i was very much into how the cognitive is influenced by everything around ourselves and we are all but the product of society. for me the purest state of mind is instinct and this can only be captured by the subconscious. after discussing this with one of my lecturers, Monique Pelser, she referred me to this form of art. have a look.