This paper will discuss how narratives and visual representations address notions of identit(ies) and culture(s) as enacted through artistic expression. A/r/tography as a framework merges my personal perspectives, experiences and reflection within a/r/t identities as an artist, researcher, and teacher. My role as an “animator” (Bresler, 2008) of my study interrogates my aspirations, perception and experiences through my engagement in art making as a generative process, and how it highlights my self-reflexive standpoint in interpreting, and analysing messages and meanings within my narratives and visual representations. ‘The medium is the message’(McLuhan, 2006) is used metaphorically to define how narratives and visual representations underscore semiotics and visual signs (Fulton, 2005), which generate meaning and relate to notions of culture(s) and identit(ies). The ‘interplay between text and image’, art as representation, and ‘the interface between interpretation and analysis’ (Leavy, 2009), foreground ‘metaphorical dialogues’ (Fitzgerald, 1993), and self-reflexive stances. A phenomenological approach towards interpretation and analysis decipher themes, symbolic and semiotic messages and meanings and metaphors within my narratives and artistic expression. These depart onto rhetoric of intersubjectivity situated in and through a dialogue. Such reflexive iteration (Srivastava & Hopwood, 2009), and ‘semiosis’ and an ‘interpretivist approach’ towards analysis reflect negotiation of meanings as through a “rhizomatic thinking” (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987, p. 21), that underscore ambivalence and hybridity in defining my culture(s) and identit(ies).
|Keywords:||A/r/tography, A/r/t Identities, Animator, Phenomenological, Interpretivist Approach|
PhD Student, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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