Art-Based Research: Shaun McNiff by Shaun McNiff

By Shaun McNiff

The normal method within the examine of artistic arts cures has been to undertake a systematic approach to research. notwithstanding, right here Shaun McNiff argues that one of these procedure shouldn't be the single kind of enquiry and that the inventive arts themselves have for too lengthy been absent from the profession's discourse approximately study. this article lines 3 precept topics: it seeks to advertise a greater figuring out of the adaptation among medical and creative types of realizing; it highlights a necessity for learn equipment and questions which derive from inventive event and its software to treatment; and it proposes that utilizing those equipment can assist to figure out where for traditional behaviour technological know-how study kinds in furthering know-how of inventive event in remedy.

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To my surprise, there has yet to be any published criticism of artistresearchers studying their personal expression. To the contrary, others are using the method and taking it further. The publication of Rosalie Politsky's paper, 'Penetrating our personal symbols: Discovering our guiding myths' (1995a), marked the arrival of personal artistic inquiry in creative arts therapy's international journal. Pat Allen's Art Is a Way of Knowing (1995a) has taken artistic self-inquiry to a new level of depth.

The key finding was the way the changing phenomena of the painting and its ongoing process of production served as an abiding psychological focal point. As the researcher held fast to the process of making the picture and contemplating its expression, she sustained her reflection on the depths of her relationship to her mother. From my perspective, the primary contribution of the thesis was methodological. The task of making the artwork becomes the structure for a sustained therapeutic experience.

As we look in new ways, I trust that we will create new knowledge. 3334). 27). Why is it that artistic knowing and creative experimentation have been given so little attention in our discussions about research? I believe that much of this problem can be attributed to the adoption of supposedly scientific modes of research because the creative arts therapies lack confidence in their innate ways of discovery. The roots of this condition are complex and they perhaps emerge from the marginal self-image that art therapy sometimes has when it comes to the practice of psychotherapy (Allen, 1992) and research (Linesch, 1995).

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