This reflective autoethnographic research into my art making utilises art-based
research methods. I sought to discover if a liminal space could nurture my creativity
and examine what factors inhibited or enabled art making that was authentic and
meaningful to me.
Through investigation into threshold concepts and creative process I come to
understand the complexity and paradoxical nature of a liminal space. The research
fits within the social constructionist framework through which meaning is co-constructed between self and other. Using the visual method of photo elicitation generated both knowledge and data.
As a data set the visual was enlightening, influencing how I engaged with written data.
Initially I was struggling to make meaningful artwork. A surprise external prompt, a
Eureka moment, took me in a direction I had not anticipated. I entered the liminal
space with a purpose and it allowed me to think differently. My artwork took on deep
personal meaning, a visualisation of my own creative process. Presenting my
artwork in various formats continued to reveal more meaning and data as the
research progressed. Through reflexive analysis I see that my art making becomes
meaningful with the influence of the external. The sharing of my artwork helps to
consolidate meaning by communicating it to others.
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