Art and Self-Creation: The Roots of Creativity and Innovation
Paperback – December 16, 2016 | 412 Pages | ISBN here* | ISBN here*
Art and Self-Creation: The Roots of Creativity and Innovation proposes using the metaphor of the Complex Adaptive System to think about the human, embedded into environments that trigger change in that human. The nature of that change, however, is determined by the internal organization of the human; interconnected, interdependent, adaptable nodes that include Nothingness (as described by Sartre), Other People (as the condition where awareness begins), The World, Emotional Management, The Self, and Creative Visualization. As the human faces internal or environmental triggers for change, he or she experiences ambiguity, existential anxiety and emotional turmoil. In order to reorient him or herself in the new situation two sensemaking questions must be answered: What is happening here? And Who will I be in this situation? Artistic self-expression provides the ideal practice to lift the fog of emotional turmoil and to simultaneously create and discover identity constructive answers for those questions.
Lorena B Fernandez Ph.D.
Lorena Fernandez is an artist, poet, industrial systems engineer and coach. She helps individuals and organizations in search of positive transformations to concurrently create and discover their new paths using art processes and materials. She is the author of two bilingual art and poetry books Spiritual Healing With Art - Curacion Espiritual Con Arte and How To Exist, An Impractical Guide - Como Existir Guia Impractica. Her artworks are exhibited and collected internationally. She was born in Merida, Venezuela, obtained her engineering degree from Texas A&M University, her Masters of Arts from California State University Dominguez Hills, lived and worked in Singapore for seven years and currently lives in Houston, Texas. In Saas-Fee Wallis, Switzerland she earned her Ph.D. from the European Graduate School (summa cum laude) in the Arts, Health and Society program, and also attended the Media and Communication program.