Self-Portraits: Emotional Inquiry thru a Mediated Methodology
In this new series, I am utilizing self-portraiture as a methodological approach for conducting emotional inquiry.
My research is concerned with developing a deeper understanding of my own internal emotional landscape. I will rely on an interdisciplinary process for the creation of self-portraits, working in various forms of visual media and textual practices that are guided by intuition and responsive to daily experiences. Cultivating an intentional presence in the now, the methodology necessitates metacognitive inquiry that facilitates a transition in thinking through which a conscious awareness of my emotional experience can be understood by monitoring and actively engaging with my feelings. Individual and artistic development are among the personal artifacts that will result from this research project.
As a qualitative methodological approach, creating portraits of myself is a process of data generation and collection. These artifacts, as a series, will comprise a “data set” that serves as the basis for a qualitative and mediated self-study. Upon completing the data collection stage of this project, I will apply a variety of analytical approaches in order to make sense of the information by exploring and expanding upon the horizons of meaning embedded in my work. Higher-order interpretations of meaning emerging from the analyses will be placed in conversation with relevant theoretical discourse in the scholarly literature. I will contextualize my research and frame a discussion that contributes to the growing bodies of academic work in the areas of autoethnography, artistic research and qualitative inquiry.