Research Methodology – Lecture III: Creative Research – Academic Art

Available for groups on request

In this lecture it is discussed how the abstract thinking involved in the process of creating art can nourish and cultivate the work of researchers and academics. The lecture elucidates the factors that both academics and artists have in common as they engage in the process of creating new knowledge, projects or theories. Visual art is often based on research and unsystematic observations of the subject matter, which can for example involve sketches. Art work based on such research can therefore be new knowledge. The relationship between art and research in connection with cooperative artwork is also discussed.

Lecture held before

2013 Frjó fræðimennska – fræðileg myndlist. (Creative Research – Academic Art). Paper given at The Icelandic Academy of the Arts, conference on research and creativity, Hugarflug, Reykjavík.


Ottarsdottir, U. 2013 Grunduð kenning og teiknaðar skýringarmyndir. (Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams). In: Sigríður Halldórsdóttir (Ed.), Handbók í aðferðafræði rannsókna (Handbook of Research Methodology) (pp. 361-375). Akureyri: University of Akureyri.

Ottarsdottir, U. 2018 Art therapy to Address Emotional Well-being of Children who have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. In: A. Zubala & V. Karkou (Eds.), Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression: International Research in the Arts Therapies (pp. 30-47). Oxford: Routledge.

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