For some art-makers, the research process takes place before any physical work is made. For others, the material investigation through creating the work is the research. Sometimes the research done outside of the studio is objective such as reading the world news or studying algorithms. Other times, more internal data such as responding to a feeling or emotion about a particular idea is collected. Art hopes to deliver a felt knowledge rather than a cerebral knowledge and is therefore, able to legitimately utilize subjective truths such as feelings. The particular research that an artist gathers for their practice depends on the types of questions that they pose and hope to understand through their work. An additional form of research that pertains to an artist’s career is exploring what kinds of questions other artists are asking and addressing in their work. This portion of research is important in understanding the current data collected in regards to the topic of inquiry and how a personal investigation will contribute to, rather than reiterate, the current conversation.
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