Art-Based Research: Shaun McNiff by Shaun McNiff

By Shaun McNiff

The normal process within the examine of inventive arts cures has been to undertake a systematic approach to research. even though, right here Shaun McNiff argues that the sort of procedure shouldn't be the one kind of enquiry and that the artistic arts themselves have for too lengthy been absent from the profession's discourse approximately examine. this article strains 3 precept subject matters: it seeks to advertise a greater figuring out of the adaptation among clinical and inventive varieties of realizing; it highlights a necessity for learn tools and questions which derive from inventive event and its software to treatment; and it proposes that utilizing those tools may also help to figure out where for traditional behaviour technology study kinds in furthering knowledge of inventive event in remedy.

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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 enthusiastic response to Allen's book illustrates the hunger within the creative arts therapy profession for this type of inquiry.

We must get beyond the attempt to impose a single type of research onto every life situation. This book addresses the lack of attention being given within the creative arts therapy community to research methodologies based in the process of artistic inquiry. I realize that because I emphasize the need for art-based research, some might think that I am questioning the value of more conventional behavioral science methods. This is not my intention. My goal is to establish a respected place for art-based research within the total context of research.

Jung describing how the bird flies away when we explain an image. The generative powers of a creative expression need to be fed with a corresponding consciousness which appreciates and keeps their mysteries. In my efforts to encourage innovation in creative arts therapy research, I have found the greatest obstacle to be stock definitions of 'research'. In Depth Psychology of Art (1989) and Art as Medicine (1992), I work with my own artistic expressions as a means of understanding therapeutic and artistic processes.

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