Title

Embodying three aspects of my self through a/r/tography

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

University of Canberra

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communications and Arts

RAS ID

14961

Comments

This article was originally published as: Stevenson, K. J. (2012). Embodying three aspects of my self through a/r/tography. Axon: Creative Explorations, 2(1), 1-16. Original article available here

Abstract

In this essay I set out to explain my research as an embodied aesthetic experience. In my PhD study, Creative River Journeys—an inquiry into postgraduate education and practice-led research—I have adopted a research methodology called a/r/tography (Irwin & de Cosson 2004). This asks that my researcher identity embody the multiple roles of artist, researcher and teacher. This embodiment is not an abstract adoption of a research methodology, but a deliberate attempt on my part to confront the disparity between these roles in my past practice. I share insights that I have arrived at in relation to these three deeply interrelated aspects of my a/r/tographical self: the artist self—through poetic inquiry (Prendergast, Leggo & Sameshima 2009a); the researcher self—through the River Journey reflective practice; and the teacher self—through, for example, unexpected reciprocal mentorship in the project.

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