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Culinary Postcards: An Arts-Based Heuristic Inquiry on the Therapeutic Experience of Cooking

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Culinary Postcards: An Arts-Based Heuristic Inquiry on the Therapeutic Experience of Cooking

Clarke, Lindsay (2013) Culinary Postcards: An Arts-Based Heuristic Inquiry on the Therapeutic Experience of Cooking. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Using an arts-based heuristic approach, this research examines the therapeutic experience of cooking. A review of literature highlights the sensory and creative qualities inherent in food, comparing these qualities with the methods, materials and psychodynamic theories inherent in the art therapy process. The researcher’s own reflective process is described, modeling how cooking and art making is a self-affirming and regulatory process which could be used by art therapists as a personal reflection process, to increase self-awareness and wellbeing. Derived from this heuristic investigation, themes related to the therapy process emerged that are then woven into personal experience and relevant literature to ultimately suggest how a community kitchen setting could function as a safe and inclusive place, where participants could experience cooking and art making within a creative arts therapies framework. Finally, it is suggested that these public homeplaces already being adapted for therapeutic benefit within community settings are also natural sites for an expansion of art therapy methods for, what the author calls, “cooking therapy groups.”

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Clarke, Lindsay
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:2013
Keywords:culinary, cooking, art therapy
ID Code:977984
Deposited By: LINDSAY CLARKE
Deposited On:15 Nov 2013 15:01
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 19:32
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