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Images of existential solitude : experience and expression in art therapy

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Images of existential solitude : experience and expression in art therapy

Davis, Sora (2004) Images of existential solitude : experience and expression in art therapy. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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Existential solitude is one of the inevitable experiences of human existence, and may be an element of the existential questioning that many individuals bring to therapy. This exploratory study investigates how the use of art therapy research interviews, and through extrapolation, art therapy sessions themselves, may offer to the image-maker new insights that inform and transform her experience of the phenomenon of being alone in the world. It also looks at common themes that emerge from the verbal and visual descriptions of the participants. Four women who were concurrently involved in different expressive therapy groups participated in the research. Based primarily on the phenomenological method while drawing on hermeneutic inquiry, individual semi-structured and phenomenological art therapy research interviews were conducted along with a follow-up interview with each participant. Data was analyzed using a combination of qualitative approaches in order to extract themes. The findings of this pilot study showed that the use of art-making in the presence of a therapeutic other produced new insights into the experience of existential solitude for the participants, and applications of this approach are discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Davis, Sora
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:viii, 93 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art Education and Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Anthony, Elizabeth
ID Code:7961
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:11
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:11
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