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This essay invites readers into two creative correspondences that emerged during the author’s involvement in a participatory arts-based research project called Life Lines. The Life Lines project aimed at engaging a small group of young adults alongside researchers in their use of multimodal arts practices to inquire into what makes young adult identity work work the way that it does. In Life Lines the phenomenon of identity and the approaches to inquiry used to explore it were conceptualized through a material feminist framework that proposes the co-constituting nature of meaning and matter (i.e., bodies, atmospheres, and objects of all kinds). Diffractive analysis practices were adopted, creating the conditions for theorizing to become infused with artistic practice, resulting in a series of correspondences that took the form of back-and-forth dialogues between artful images and creative prose. The two correspondences shared illustrate the author’s attempts at staying with what Life Lines data were doing as they became mobile, transitive, and unpredictable in their patterns of entangling meaning and matter during diffractive analysis.
"Data’s Entanglements: Artmaking as Corresponding Companion During Diffractive Analysis,"
Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal: Vol. 7:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/atj/vol7/iss1/6