Empowering with image: arts based practice

Lord, Anne (2015) Empowering with image: arts based practice. Qualitative Research Journal, 15 (3). pp. 351-372.

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss whether artists create research outcomes in a revolving (or spiraling) process? This can be a catch-22 where their work is responding to and forecasting change, while the artist’s voice is often seen as too qualitative to provide research impact for university societies or to be compared with the quantitative data that scientists use.

Design/methodology/approach: Where will research methods, qualitative and quantitative overlap? The author knows that both methods are important for ongoing observations about creative arts practice. The qualitative is part of Holmes’ (2011/2012) query about how "knowledge involved in artistic thinking should […] include the issue of how mental images are given creative form, but this is a process that remains obscure in current art research" (p. 2).

Findings: For Holmes, "the knowledge product of art research cannot be considered separate from the researcher’s psychic processes; and the currently obscure relationship between artistic production and subjectivity might lead to one of the unique contributions to be made by art research" (Holmes, 2011/2012, p. 2). Holmes' suggestion provides a strategic link to the way arts and sciences might overlap. "How do artists and scientists find a way to match issues, ideas and theories?" This may be especially so in relation to the integral use of image to empower a message.

Originality/value: This paper offers an original look at how artists empower with image.

Item ID: 44381
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-0980
Keywords: qualitative, image, empowering, visual art
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 01:53
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 100%
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