Date of Award

5-14-2023

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Media Studies

Advisor(s)

Renee Stevens

Keywords

creative process, mothers, photography, story

Abstract

This study examines the intersection between the theories of Campbell's 'The Hero'sJourney,' Brown's 'Rising Strong,' and Catmull's 'Creativity, Inc..' and the experiences of various photographers who have undertaken projects on motherhood. Using a mixed-methods approach, the study analyzes books, interviews, blog entries, documentaries, articles and artist statements to identify patterns and themes. The study finds a consistent pattern of challenge, risk, vulnerability, and struggle, resulting in growth and connection. It concludes the creative process has parallels to patterns of resilience and the narrative arc and can facilitate connection with self and others. By recognizing this pattern in a variety of spheres we can be more aware, intentional, and hopeful about our personal outcomes.

Access

Open Access

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