Intuitive Inquiry and Creative Process: A Case Study of an Artistic Practice

May, Virginia (2005) Intuitive Inquiry and Creative Process: A Case Study of an Artistic Practice. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This Master of Arts by research was comprised of two components: creative practice (60%) and a written thesis (40%). The creative practice was partially represented in an exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and artist books entitled Traces, held at WiseART Gallery, 166 Ann St, Brisbane, March 2005. The written component is represented in this manuscript.

This case study illustrates the creative process of an individual artistic practice through intuitive inquiry, which utilized self-observation methods such as painting, drawing, photographing, bookmaking, exhibitions, journaling, questioning and mindfulness. Intuitive inquiry is outlined as the predominant method of both the phenomenon of art making in this case, as well as the method used to study the creative process. The concept of intuitive inquiry as a research method, by its similarity to this particular creative process, was well suited to studying its delicate, preconscious, internally reflective and reflexive activities. Intuitive inquiry also underpins the exceptional, transformative experiences of the artist, which are often excluded from conventional empirical research.

The results of this study demonstrate that it is through the hermeneutic interpretations of process, product and dialogue that a deeper understanding of the creative process is gained. The hermeneutic model of creative process that emerged (Fig 4.14) will assist others in a deeper understanding of how creative process can be utilized in generating new knowledge. More importantly, it is this creative interpretive process that can lead to transformative experiences, which encourage both the artist and the audience to search for a deeper engagement with each other and the world.

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ID Code: 16038
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Garnons-Williams, Victoria & Mafe, Daniel
Keywords: Intuition, Intuitive inquiry, Creative practice as research, Creative process, Creativity, Transformation, Art, Artifact, Painting, Autobiography, Autoethnography, Subjectivity, Mindfulness, Hermeneutics, Journaling, Self observation, Stream of consciousness
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Virginia May
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:42

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