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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Emerging images of the angelic: A phenomenological study of three artists
by Stanton, Elaine Esser, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 1997, 222; 9806940
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examined the image of the angel in the 20th century. Current angelic images were investigated through clinical examples and the work of well-known artists. Issues of perfection, resistance, and transformation were addressed in the clinical examples. Angelic forms were shown to reflect the client's ability to experience paradox and compassion. Twentieth-century works of art provided current angelic forms, as well as insight into how society envisions empathy and mercy.

The formation of angelic images was also investigated through interviews with three artists: a painter, a sculptor, and a poet. The phenomenological method was used to research the experience of creating angelic images. Five pre-arranged questions structured the interviews. These questions also stated the interviewer's prejudice. Verification of the experience was obtained through the artists correcting their own transcripts. Direct involvement with the formation of angelic images was shown to deepen the experience of paradox and the concept of the angel.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lowinsky, Naomi
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 58/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine Arts, Psychotherapy
Keywords: painter, poet, sculptor
Publication Number: 9806940
ISBN: 978-0-591-57164-6
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