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Reflexivity and an Arts-based Inquiry during Covid-19 times



  • Janet Lynne Kuhnke Cape Breton University


Refelxivity, Arts-based inquiry, qualitative


This paper examines the role of reflexivity and arts-based activities as a medium for reflexivity, during Covid-19 times. Using an autobiographical performative inquiry research methodology, the role of reflexive practice and art-based activities are explored as part of managing during times of crisis. The author considers Covid-19 as a ‘stop’; a stop is a moment in time when attention is called forward from life events. Stops are moments that interrupt one’s life, and that evoke new questioning of what could be and to consider new possibilities. To understand this process the life of Emily Carr, a Canadian artist, is reflected upon to explore the emotions surrounding critical life events as related to ones’ well-being. Finally, the role of pushing back in challenging times is travelled; and finally, death is explored as part of life.

Author Biography

  • Janet Lynne Kuhnke, Cape Breton University

    Dr. Janet L. Kuhnke is a registered nurse of 35 years and she has a Doctorate in Psychology. She is a Nurse Specialist in Ostomy, Wound and Continence care and an Assistant Professor of Baccalaureate Nursing at Cape Breton University.  She worked on Vancouver Island in acute care in community hospitals, long-term care, and home and community care programs as a Clinical Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader. Janet is passionate about empowering front line clinicians, nurses, practitioners, and personal support workers to safely deliver client-centred care following best practices. She has completed a Masters in Family Systems and Doctorate in Psychology and is focusing on research in quality of life and mental health and wellness of patients living with chronic diseases and diabetic foot ulcers.








How to Cite

Reflexivity and an Arts-based Inquiry during Covid-19 times: None. (2021). European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, 11.