Critically examining Ricoeur’s narrative account of self-construction, this book makes the case that the narrative model overlooks the variety of processes that can contribute to forming a self and neglects the materiality of these processes. Visual Art and Self-Construction develops an alternative account of a plural and corporeal hermeneutics of the self: exploring how visual art can operate as a critical technology of the self. Art not only exposes practices that contribute to our subjugation, but can also discover, explore and affect bodily processes, enabling experimentation in self-construction.
Mitcheson, K. (2021). Visual Art and Self-Construction. Edinburgh University Press