Entering the zone: studio approaches inspiring artistic presence: the line and the area in painting

Doctorate other than PhD

Ellis, Hele. 2023. Entering the zone: studio approaches inspiring artistic presence: the line and the area in painting. Doctorate other than PhD Doctor of Creative Arts. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z3vw6

Entering the zone: studio approaches inspiring artistic presence: the line and the area in painting

TypeDoctorate other than PhD
AuthorsEllis, Hele
1. FirstA/Pr Kyle Jenkins
2. SecondDr David Akenson
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Creative Arts
Number of Pages160
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z3vw6

Visual artists spend a substantial amount of time during studio processes to arrive at a Flow state naturally. This state is characterised by the experience of unparalleled presence, or a paramount reality defined by discernible focus and a lack of comprehension of time and space. This practice-led research project concerns studio explorations of distinct drawing and painting exercises, referred to as Zone-In exercises, which rapidly facilitate entering the creative zone and accelerating a creative Flow experience. Through these specific time-precise technical methods, the Flow state can be anticipated and predicted without having to wait to enter the zone after a substantial studio time commitment.
This doctoral research consists of a series of creative works representing 80% of the assessable outcome due to the studio outcomes being the seminal aspect of this research project. The weighting of the exegesis is set at 20% as theoretical support to the concerns produced in the studio outcomes. As such, the seminal focus has been placed on researching and demonstrating the respective innovations concerning the discovery, development, and application of the Zone-In exercises through establishing the Creative Flow Studio Model. Its unique practice-led methodology weaves together the three key concepts of ‘Flow’, ‘Process Art’ and ‘Anthroposophy’ within the visual arts disciplines of drawing and painting. This model enables the practising artist to deliberately enter the zone or Flow state to maximise studio time and effort for enhanced studio production. The research outcome integrates the Creative Flow Studio Model’s exercises with a Process Art-based practice and embodies a frame through which a sequence of artwork can be and is produced.

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ANZSRC Field of Research 20203699. Other creative arts and writing
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