The Discovery of Self Through Creative Exploration
Within these pages lie reflections and descriptions of a voyage into unknown territory. A voyage, which has ended, yet is just beginning. Here for your consideration follows a documentation of an artistic process. Humbly, I put before you a modest attempt at presenting a number of personal discoveries made within the last four years.
First I had chosen to participate in a program of Integrated Arts, the Creative Pulse. My participation in the Artist-Forest-Community Residency in the Helena National Forest the week before I began the program initiated a desire to present my artwork and become a better teacher. Expanding upon the theme of becoming closer to nature is also addressed herein. I needed to gain first-hand experience of what nature means to me in order to produce a confidence based upon knowledge. Developing an authentic voice grounded in experience leads to an ability to nourish and expand the learning of others. I had proposed to continue with my artwork and develop a body of work and present that work in a public venue.
The following is an ichnolite of that process. This presentation primarily documents a voyage of discovery into the business of mounting a solo show. More importantly, the purpose of this paper is to give the reader a feeling for the creative encounter. This paper strives to provide an ability to view the work and experience that transformational moment which is so captivatingly elusive. For this reason I have included a section devoted to a selection of my imagery and Haiku poetry to accompany them. The transformation is up to you, just as it is for me.
In summation one shall encounter a number of perceptions regarding the experience and process of showing artwork. These ponderings reflect the impact of my experience within the Creative Pulse, pathways I stumbled upon and where I am currently heading.
If you are further interested in my work please take a moment to glance at the Appendices.
Discovering new terrain
Shining worlds within
Advisor:Karen Kaufman; Randy Bolton; Dorothy Morrison
School:The University of Montana
School Location:USA - Montana
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:12/04/2006