A Strategy for Resilience : Developing a Narrative of the Imagined Future

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Phillips, Debra Joan. (2022). A Strategy for Resilience : Developing a Narrative of the Imagined Future. The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2022. Birkbeck, University of London 21 - 24 Jul 2022 United Kingdom: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). pp. 67-78 https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1111.2022.6
AuthorsPhillips, Debra Joan
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Using motifs from the 1484 Jan van Eyck, “The Arnolfini Portrait”, I draw parallels with the processes of narrating an imagined future and of art-making to develop a strategy that has the capacity to navigate through clinical depression and suicidality. Both art-making and creating a narrative of the imagined future call on the imagination to conceive a finished object before beginning its construction. Both processes open a way into the unknown future by claiming a stake-hold that signals a direction for the art-piece and the narrative to conjecture what could become real. I offer similarities between art-making and the articulating of a self-narrative through an exploration of my 2015, double portrait, “Be-yond Becoming”, which references van Eyck’s 1434, “The Arnolfini Portrait. Narratives are powerful vehicles. As we tell the story of who we want to become we set ourselves to live out and perform as though it is real, the story of the imagined future. The virtual is actualized and the imagined is realised. I outline how ruptures in a self-narrative can become the place in which another story of the self emerges. My own interest in articulating and living out a narrative of the imagined future through art practice developed when I exchanged a narrative of suicidal depression with a narrative of becoming an artist.

KeywordsSuicidality; Imagination; Art-Making; Narrative; Future; Becoming
Year01 Jan 2022
PublisherThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
ISSN2188-1111
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1111.2022.6
Web address (URL)https://papers.iafor.org/submission64134/
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Page range67-78
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://papers.iafor.org/proceedings/conference-proceedings-ecah2022/
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Print24 Jul 2022
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Completed25 Sep 2022
Deposited01 Mar 2024
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