I’m deep into my dissertation work now, which incorporates painting as part of my process. My dissertation is a combination of things, which only feels right given how I usually operate. It is an exploration of personal journals and my experience in a critical, autobiographical way. It is also a journey to understanding through a reflective painting process.

That being said, it is a LOT of writing and a LOT of time spent going through old journals, painting it out, and working to answer some key questions about my experience, what persistence looks like, and how the many ordinary everyday events of life have shaped my program.

I can see the finish line and yet it still seems unattainable at times. I’m so close, but it is still straight up a big long hill.

This is a detail of a recent painting that I worked on separately from my dissertation, but is a product of that same process: “Dedication to my Heart”.

Art, Creativity, ResearchMonica Rezac