ERIC Number: ED368648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
A Portrait Study. Expression Anchored by Tradition: A Young Native American Artist's Struggle and Growth To Be Creative.
La Pierre, Sharon D.
The focus of this program was to explore a young Native American's artistic growth and expressiveness to gain insight into how the contemporary lifestyle of this individual was affected by traditional upbringing and values. The study examined a young Navajo woman's way of life in an attempt to discover what influences affected her ability to create as an artist, and how she coped with the influences of the past and contemporary worlds. The paper introduced the portrait study, a form of research in which a framework is applied to characterize an artistic endeavor that concentrated on one individual's personal growth within a larger community of artists as expressive spatial thinkers. The researcher attempted to become a learner socialized into the subject's world under investigation through a flexible interchange of knowledge. The study found that the participant was able to see connections between ideas and concepts very quickly and to jump from one idea to another and then come back again. This process was not sequential in nature, but rather a mental process that dealt with problem solving as an ongoing activity related to her life and to being an artist. The subject saw her Native American and artistic commitments as inseparable from her desire to speak the truth about her reality. They combined to create an atmosphere that allowed her to be expressive as an individual, but at the same time the making of art was an extension of her sense of space. (DK)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Artists, Creative Art, Creative Development, Creative Expression, Creativity Research, Higher Education, Portraiture, Social Science Research, Social Values
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Native Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Art Education Association (Baltimore, MD, 1994).