Image as Insight: Visual Images in Practice-Based Research

Marshall, Julia
September 2007
Studies in Art Education;Fall2007, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
Art practice as research casts artmaking as inquiry—as a particularly experiential and contsructivist process of learning in which imaginative synthesis and creative image making are ways of constructing knowledge. This article explores how unmaking functions an research through the creation of visual images, especially images that picture concepts, so create new insights and transform perceptions. It follows a path from mental images that mediate conceptualization in the mind to visible images in she world that shape thought in the social realm. To do this, it takes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring concepts from cognitive science, metaphor theory, and the sociocultural theory of mind, and presenting relevant examples from science and art to explain those concepts.


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