Significant Moments, Autobiography, and Personal Encounters with Art

  • Irene Stylianides
Part of the Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 2)


The depth, complexity, and very personal nature of interactions with art objects are explored in this chapter. Derived from autobiographical inquiry, it reports on encounters with two particular works of art that had a troubling effect on my general love of art, and on my work as a primary school teacher. The gallery experiences and the uncovering of memories are described and analysed in relation to research methodology and Hargreaves’ (1983) theory of conversive and aversive trauma in art education.


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  • Irene Stylianides
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  1. 1.PaphosCyprus

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