Creative Realities: The Search for Meanings

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Creative Realities: The Search for Meanings brings a unique approach to the difficult study of the creativity of artists through a researcher who is also an artist. Maxine Borowski Junge explores the creative processes of fourteen visual artists and writers through interviews and examination of their work. She accomplished this through a four part alternative realities perspective which also includes a documentation of her own work as an artist. The four case studies establish differences between the creative experience and the interaction with the outside world. Distinctive patterns of relationship are discovered between the artist in the creative mode and his or her personality in the outside world. The patterns noticed, designated "The Ariadne Effect," represents the effect that the specific realities have on the creative process, yet noting that the particular universe does not create creativity.

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...a helpful conceptual framework for assessing general life orientation, as well as suggesting alternative approaches for art or art therapy. American Journal of Art Therapy

...a helpful conceptual framework for assessing general life orientation, as well as suggesting alternative approaches for art or art therapy. American Journal of Art Therapy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761810841
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/18/1998
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Maxine Borowsky Junge is Chair and Associate Professor of the Loyola Marymount University Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy (Clinical Art Therapy).

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Table of Contents

Figures 8
Tables 10
Acknowledgments 13
Ch. 1 Introduction and Setting the Ground 17
Ch. 2 The Alternative Realities Map: Setting the Ground 35
Ch. 3 Preparing Myself and the Persistence of Reality 63
Ch. 4 Four Archetypal Case Examples Within the Four Realities 109
Ch. 5 Creative Realities: Contrasts and Comparisons 181
Ch. 6 The Ariadne Effect: Images and Propositions 313
Ch. 7 Meanings of the Journey 323
Appendices 329
Creativity Literature and the Alternative Realities 331
More about the Alternative Realities Model 353
Notes 361
Bibliography 365
Index 373
About the Author 376
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