The Lived Experience of Various Human Phenomena

Phenomenological art created by psychology students at the University of West Georgia (Explorations into Creativity class with Dr. Nisha Gupta, Fall 2020). Students were invited to write a phenomenological description about any human phenomenon of interest to them, interpret it for themes, and transform their research findings into art.

“The Lived Experience of Receiving a Medical Diagnosis,” by Hailey Prainito
This image evokes my experience with the phenomena “The Lived Experience of Receiving a Medical Diagnosis”. Though I described a negatively-focused emotional roller-coaster in my description, the entire event felt like it was leading up to this moment of understanding, where my soul was illuminated with newly found understanding of myself. I imagined the words barreling at me in a thick cloud, smacking me head on. And when the smoke faded, I imaged my body illuminated and taking control, my minds eye had opened. 
“The Lived Experience of Loss of Hope,” by Crystal DeMouy
This is a photo that I took while looking out over the ocean from a balcony while on vacation. This sight spoke to me while I was reflecting over a recent heartbreaking loss. The storm clouds and rough waves rolled in while only leaving destruction in their paths. However, there is still hope on the side where the storm has yet to reach. I feel like this photo speaks to how my heart processes emotions that I can not put in words well enough. My heart started off bright and loving, but traumatic experiences have left a destructive path and darkness in the once joyful artistic place of my heart.

“The Lived Experience of Uncertainty” by Maya Baumeister.
Who Will It Be? is an arts-based phenomenological research study exploring the Lived Experience of Uncertainty during election week 2020, waiting to learn if either Trump or Biden won: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf2VoGQfQis&feature=emb_logo
The Lived Experience of Becoming,” by April Oglesbee
Becoming is experienced as a process of vacillating back and forth in time and place as though they exist on an accessible mental loop; there’s balance between the experience of being forced into position or place and enforcing one’s sense of position or place; this experience is largely visual and auditory in remembrance. This painting expresses the theme and feeling that nothing is truly separate or contained. Even as the light exists, so does the dark, pushing each other forward and back. 
“The Lived Experience of Becoming,” by April Oglesbee
The experience of becoming as the feeling of mind and body connection looks like the process of outgrowing a physical space and container when the mental capacity or suffering becomes too great; this experience is expressed as heat and light as a reflection of a positive personal experience; the negative is expressed in terms of speed and heaviness; both are seemingly painful. I wanted to paint a sunflower that was both a part of the world around it and bursting from the inside. 

“The Lived Experience of Sickness,” by Rose Dessaint.
This poem was inspired by the theme Bondage’. There were many demands in the lived experience of being sick. Some of the commanding actions are “stay, forced, instructed, neglect, commanded…” These words reminded me a lot of bondage and slavery. When I was sick, I was forced to work on the pace that my body provided me. It was so hard to walk; I was constantly dragging myself to work and to class. And I was continuously gasping for air in an attempt to stop coughing. It was as if I was carrying a boulder on back, and an extremely tight shackle around my neck, while someone was stomping on my chest and hitting my head with a hammer. This experience reminds me of the Trail of Tears, the Transatlantic slave trade, and the Middle Passage. I do not claim to have experienced the same agony and terror as these groups of people; I simply want to honor them and highlight the concept of pain and restrictions, enforced by bondage.

“The Lived Experience of Sickness” by Rose Dessaint
In my description of being sick there were many words like “Help, Gasping, Carrying, Stomping, Hitting, Dragging, drowning.” There were also words like “threatened, death, and battle.” Hence, this theme is categorized as “Battle.” Sickness can be seen as a battle because the body (white blood cells) are fighting against the virus that is attacking it. Plus, the Corona Virus pandemic has been referred to as “a common enemy” by the United Nations. There was also a mental battle—to surrender to the body or to accomplish one’s obligations. There are 3 viruses: 1) one has a shackle like the one I felt around my neck; 2) the second one had a sword, used to restrict me and keep me in bondage; 3) and the last one had two hammers, which were used to hit my head and chest repeatedly.

The Lived Experience of Absorption into Written Fiction,” by Benjamin Goldstein
I was inquiring into the phenomenon of absorption into written fiction. My themes were: (1) joyful meditation, (2) pseudo-dissociation, (3) journey to the otherworld, (4) communion with characters, & (5) gratitude for the creator. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bPYYi2Qk8g&feature=youtu.be