71. I have been trying, for some time now, to find dignity in my loneliness. I have been finding this hard to do.
72. It is easier, of course, to find dignity in one's solitude. Loneliness is solitude with a problem. Can blue solve the problem, or can it at least keep me company within it? No, not exactly. It cannot love me that way; it has no arms. But sometimes I do feel its presence to be a sort of wink - Here you are again, it says, and so am I. (Nelson, 2009, p. 28)
Hi Mirae and Harriet,
I hope you've both been enjoying the sunny days!
I have some ideas flowing (ha!) in my mind right now, and I've attached my brainstorming session to this email. Essentially, I am interested in the concept of ripples: how there needs to be an initiation for a rippling effect to occur. I see this in relation to human interactions - we are all connected as human beings, and our actions/dialogues/words have effects. Each of us needs to find it within ourselves to initiate the ripple, and once you do, you will start to feel the connections near and far. I also view human interactions/ripples as a never-ending cycle, like how a river constantly flows with no end.
I am drawn to explore this concept with Asian watercolours and video/sound/gifs. I plan to explore these two mediums, and see how they work separately as well as together. I may end up sticking to one or the other, my process is heavily reliant on experimentation and creation for concrete ideas to emerge.
I hope this is sufficient information! If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to let me know.
Take good care,
Douglass, B. G., & Moustakas, C. (1985). Heuristic Inquiry: The Internal Search to Know. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 25(3), 39–55. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167885253004
Independent Study Process
(Altered from above)
1.A crisis that created a question or problem (What does it mean to be alone amidst the covid-19 crisis as an artist and art educator in Montreal? How can this situation be used for creative exploration?)
2.A search of self in solitude: a recognition of the significance of feelings/emotions/loneliness as a creative outlet
3.An expanding awareness of people in everyday situations: observation, conversation, dialogue and discussion amongst others during this period in time
4.A steeping in the deeper regions of emotions through writing and creating
5.An intuitive grasping of the patterns of emotions/heuristic thinking
6.Further clarification through readings of similar concept (Moustakas, Nelson, Brindamour)
7.Creation of a manuscript/record of study (documentation of creation/journal/drawings)
Heuristic Inquiry: The Internal Search to Know (1985), Douglass & Moustakas
Step 1 - Process:
Step 2 - Immersion:
Immersion for heuristic thinking is:
"...more impulsive than deliberate,
more a wandering than a goal,
more a way of being than a method of doing.”
(Douglass & Moustakas, 1985, p. 48)