".it tells us."
: the practice of performativity and liminality within Northern culture

  • Courtney Chetwynd

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Exploring the role of the artist-researcher as a cultural connector, this thesis demonstrates a practice in situ by creating an emerging subjective methodological framework that is based upon experiences working and living in the Canadian North. This thesis is focused upon questioning concepts of tacit knowing, orality through making, spiritually derived knowledge, relationship and reciprocity, and land-based knowing that is articulated through artistic creation in an exploratory approach towards materials and environment. Drawing upon relationships, studio experimentation, and inner ways of knowing as methods to practice-led research, I assert that this practice can serve as an example for how other researchers might be led to question their own practice and endeavor to direct their experience. I maintain that artists are well positioned to serve as conduits in communicating and discovering these expressions of embedded ‘intangible’ knowledge. This thesis acts as a way to map out a research journey and its morphologies of thinking through looking at critical creative practices in detail. This thinking is highlighted and evidenced by creative responses, artwork, and anecdotal stories to elucidate connections regarding how I form my practice-led pathways of inquiry.
    Date of Award2018
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorGavin Renwick (Supervisor) & Murdo Macdonald (Supervisor)

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