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Still Life: Heuristic exploration of somatic awareness through mindfulness meditation, art making and imaginal dialogue

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Still Life: Heuristic exploration of somatic awareness through mindfulness meditation, art making and imaginal dialogue

Crouch, Nicole (2014) Still Life: Heuristic exploration of somatic awareness through mindfulness meditation, art making and imaginal dialogue. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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This paper provides the context for the art installation “Still Life”, which was held in May 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This exhibition was a creative synthesis of arts-based heuristic research of somatic awareness through mindfulness meditation, art-making and imaginal dialogue. Guided by an interest in how art can be used to access other ways of knowing about our physical experience, twice a week for thirteen weeks I practiced mindfulness meditation, art making and imaginal dialogues, collecting arts-based
data as well as recorded dialogues. I analyzed the dialogue transcriptions and
artwork, and built the “Still Life” installation as a reflection and synthesis of these findings and experiences. Emergent imagery included rooms, fetuses and organs. Emergent dialogue themes included a crossover between the themes of body and art as well as between the themes of body and illumination/transformation. This research explores the use of body awareness in mental health and discusses the uses of somatic awareness in professional development.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Crouch, Nicole
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:28 August 2014
Keywords:somatic awareness, heuristic, mindfulness meditation, arts-based research, art therapy
ID Code:978888
Deposited By: NICOLE CROUCH
Deposited On:09 Oct 2014 15:28
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 17:45
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