In this chapter I explain and explore my practice of keeping a reflexive journal. Through an ongoing process of writing and painting in this journal I both notice and create my lived experience as an academic. I capture many layers of experience over time that inform and disturb my ongoing contributions to knowledge and to pedagogy. It is a never-complete self-portrait that applies layer upon layer of experience to build a mosaic of images of an academic life. It is the art of reflection. I paint my experience as a way of understanding and transforming it. My reflexive journal helps me to think, to imagine, to feel, to connect. Through the various iterations of my painting and writing I am building a relationship with the lived experience of my academic self that helps me to perceive what is important to me and for my academic role. I think of my journal as creative understanding in the making. I provide the reader with several examples to illustrate the value of this practice.
|Title of host publication||Doing Academic Careers Differently: Portraits of Academic Life|
|Editors||Sarah Robinson, Alexandra Bristow, Olivier Ratle|
|Place of Publication||London, U. K.|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|