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Oscillating between chaos and order : self organization in the creative process


Oscillating between chaos and order : self organization in the creative process

Clark, Ava Stacey Marion (2007) Oscillating between chaos and order : self organization in the creative process. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This research explores the creative process, specifically focusing on the dynamics between order and chaos. This research aims to discover whether an oscillation between chaos and order is involved in creative process. The notion of the creative process as a self organizing system is also an underlying framework that supports this investigation. Literature related to the creative process, psychological theory, art therapy, and self organization will inform, explore and support this inquiry. Implications for art therapy practice and mental health will also be discussed and emphasized. The design of this study is a blend of theoretical and phenomenological research, incorporating interviews with three visual artists to illustrate and examine theoretical concepts. Eight themes were uncovered through the data analysis, and are supported by direct participant quotes and theoretical material. A natural striving towards wellness and adaptation is reflected in creativity as a communicative, and transformative, tool which brings chaos to order. Accepting the chaos and recognizing oscillations within the creative process, and within the therapeutic context, is paramount in facilitating transformation and insight that may bring the artist or client to a new level in their process.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Clark, Ava Stacey Marion
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vii, 96, [10] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Tanguay, Denise and Silverman, Yehudit
ID Code:975341
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:06
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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