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Never had I imagined that my love of art and nursing could ever be related. The two were always separate entities for me. This was especially true during the time in my career when I was strictly focused on clinical nursing practice. Starting graduate studies allowed me to begin to fuse my two passions; being health and the arts. As a budding researcher and artist, I hope to be able to use my clinical expertise as a Registered Nurse to investigate into arts-based teaching, learning and interventions. Art can be so healing and there's so much more that we need to investigate to have adequate evidence to help inform our clinical practices and policies. Although my dissertations had initially included an arts-based lens, this was removed to create a stronger foundation for my seminal work. As I continue to develop my dissertation chapter writing and imminent research study on women with MS and their understanding of their health and well-being I keep getting so excited not just for my MS research, but by the thought of what my future holds professionally with arts-based work.

Arts Based Researcher in the Making

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I am so excited and proud to be part of this amazing arts-based research initiative. The project focuses on poetry by women who've experienced violence. The art created is inspired by these poems. Although I've only been involved as an artist interpreting one poem, this project has been transformative. I was so compelled by the poems and the other artists who provided their artistic interpretations. This research team has been inspiring towards my future goals as an arts-based researcher. Thank you Dr. Jackson and your talented team for allowing me the opportunity to participate in your project!

“Repaired” Water Colour on Paper

by Jennifer Howard (nee Collins)

This art piece was created after reading a poem entitled, “Now Perfectly Imperfect.” It embodies a woman’s ability to acquire self-acceptance in the midst of inner conflict. The motif used in this artwork was inspired by the Japanese art of kintsukorai or kinsugi, where broken pottery is fused back together using gold or precious metals. This style of art is thought to make something that is broken more beautiful through the process of repair.

The belief of being beautifully broken is known in Japan as ‘wabi-sabi,’ which loosely translates to mean that things can exist as perfect despite imperfections. The artist believes that ‘wabi-sabi’ is exemplified through the human experience by means of displaying resiliency in the face of adversity- which was emphasized throughout the poem that inspired this piece of art.

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Updated: Dec 17, 2017

This websites has been the result of ending a long streak of procrastination and reluctance for this old soul to make peace with technology. I guess since it's nearing the end of 2017 and Skynet hasn't taken over (yet)- I'll start getting up to pace. So feel free to check in and read some random thoughts from a part slightly socially awkward, sometimes charming, adorkable- semi-professional artist. This blog will be updated at random.

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