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Type of Document Professional Paper
Author Christopher, Courtney Leigh
Author's Email Address clchristopher@hotmail.com
URN etd-08102010-135324
Title The Discipline of Happiness
Degree Master of Arts
Department Fine Arts
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ann C. Wright, PhD. Committee Chair
Hipólito Rafael Chacón, PhD. Committee Member
Rick Hughes, M.F. A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Philosophy
  • creativity
Date of Defense 2010-07-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
A deeply personal Journey, “The Discipline of Happiness” blends

fundamental philosophy with the power of visual art. In a 42‐year quest for purpose

certain theories have been tried, championed, discredited, and discarded. The

distillation of these ideas into my current theory provides, more saliently than the

theory itself, a venue for discussion of the creative process. My creativity often

manifests itself in visual terms. Through the medium of an extended artist

statement I reflect on the virtues of thinking in both a linguistic and spatial manner.

Orchestrating the dual modes of inquiry, semantic and visual, into a single narrative

highlights the evolution of my ideas about happiness. This journey is aided by a

description of the associated artwork following each exposition. The effort clarifies

my concepts for critical evaluation while establishing a framework for future

innovation. By applying prose and picture to my thought pattern, discovery of the

undercurrents of my creative wanderings bubble to the surface. If I understand my

process, then better pedagogy may follow. Focus on one set of theories, the

discipline of happiness, reduces the chaos of the possible into more quantifiable

units of inspiration. Compressed in these theories the meaning of life and the

apparatus for learning support, but do not dominate the discussion. Personal

history provides context for the generation of creative definitions as well as the

Achilles heel undermining the conclusions. Ultimately, I provide no answers; I

debunk my own theory, hoping only that the discussion of the process of creativity

remains compelling.

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