Rethinking visual art practice in relation to well-being : a conceptual analysis
Published inJyväskylä studies in humanities
This study examines how the concepts related to visual art practice and well-being have been used in the arts and academic sectors. Furthermore, it studies whether it is possible to create a new theoretical and conceptual framework for research. The research material of the arts and academic sectors was examined by the methods of critical review and conceptual analysis. The conceptual analysis led to the following main results: The employment of the concepts concerning the practice of visual arts was diverse, often overlapping, and in some respects incoherent. Both the concepts of ‘art’ and ‘well-being’ were mostly used as reasoning with generalizations. This strategy of discourse was conceptualized as ‘the stated ideal’ of research. A lack of theoretical frameworks and conceptions in regard to both art research and contemporary psychology was discovered. Further study led to the examination of the concepts of subjective well-being (SWB), psychological well-being (PWB), hedonic and eudaimonic well-being (EWB), and flow as a subjective, cognitive-affective experience. A set of relevant conceptions in order to connect the visual art practice with contemporary psychology was discovered. New interdisciplinary theoretical and conceptual frameworks were developed. The principal conceptions of well-being recommended to be applied in research concerning visual art practice are hedonic and eudaimonic well-being as psychological constructs. The new conceptual framework for situationalized and contextualized research takes into consideration the reflective knowledge of art research, and the theories by Waterman and colleagues, Huta, Getzels and Csikszentmihalyi in psychology, and Langer and Dewey in aesthetics. The framework consists of the following conceptions: 1) environment, 2) arts facilitation, 3) arts participation, 4) art activity, 5) artistic process, and 6) artwork. Several research aspects of the conceptions are discussed. In addition, an in situ art workshop research method is introduced. The results provide relevant theoretical support for a new connection between visual art practice and eudaimonic and hedonic well-being. Eudaimonic well-being can be enhanced through the practice of visual arts if the practice is considered as having value, quality and meaning, opportunities for personal growth and self-expression, and the activities and engagement are intrinsically motivated. These notions are conceptualized as the meaningfulness of the visual art practice. The new frameworks can be used when formulating a research question or hypothesis, or when selecting methodology. The study can thus benefit the diverse fields of arts and humanities, practice-based art and design research, as well as health, social and leisure sciences. ...
PublisherUniversity of Jyväskylä
ihmiskeskeinen suunnittelu art visual arts visual art practice art activity arts facilitation art history aesthetics well-being eudaimonic well-being meaningfulness positive psychology conceptual analysis concepts human-centered service design interdisciplinary research psychological well-being flow taide kuvataide visuaaliset taiteet fasilitointi taidehistoria estetiikka hyvinvointi mielekkyys positiivinen psykologia konseptualismi palvelusuunnitelmat tieteidenvälisyys henkinen hyvinvointi flow-tila
MetadataShow full item record
- Väitöskirjat 
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Toyama, Hiroyuki (University of Jyväskylä, 2018)The present thesis examined the association between trait emotional intelligence (EI) and well-being (subjective well-being [SWB] and physiological well-being) among Japanese participants (eldercare nurses and undergraduate ...
”抚今追昔, katso menneisyyttä nykyhetken valossa” : perinteisten kiinalaisten taiteenlajien esiintymiä kiinalaisessa nykytaiteessa Leimio, Sanni (2019)Tutkielma tarkastelee kolmen perinteisen kiinalaisen taiteenlajin, tässä kalligrafian, maalaustaiteen ja keramiikan esiintymiä ja uudelleentulkintoja kiinalaisessa nykytaiteessa. Tutkielmassa selvitetään teosanalyysin ...
Minkkinen, Jaana; Auvinen, Elina; Mauno, Saija (Journal of Positive School Psychology, 2020)A sense of meaningfulness is one of the most sought?after work characteristics which has been associated with employees’ well-being. This study explored whether meaningful work enhances self-rated health in challenging ...
Käsitettävä taidehistoria : kuvalähtöinen malli taidehistorian opetukseen kuvallisen ilmaisun ammatillisessa perustutkinnossa Martikainen, Jari (Jyväskylän yliopisto, 2011)
Silvennoinen, Johanna (Springer International Publishing, 2021)Visual Aesthetics has gathered interest among scholars in HCI research. The growing interest stems from examinations of the aesthetic-usability effect (“what is beautiful is usable”), and possibly vice versa. Thus, numerous ...