Finding Agency Through Visual Art: Research, Art and the Producer

By Suzanne E. Goopy.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Perceptions, personhood, control of knowledge, and interpretation of meaning are all features of the complex intentionalities and sites of social mediation that visual art forms encourage. In this essay, I argue that visual art offers a legitimate, far-reaching, and influential site of knowledge transference. Throughout this essay I will draw on examples from one of my visual ethno-documentary research projects to suggest ways in which visual art and visual art practices, when considered through anthropological lens, have agency.

Keywords: Visual Art, Social Research

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 10, Issue 3, September, 2015, pp.35-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 457.248KB).

Dr. Suzanne E. Goopy

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada