CORONAVIRUS AS A RITE OF PASSAGE: FINDING CURES FOR "COLONIALVIRUS" IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS-BASED RESEARCH

Gracelynn Chung-Yan Lau
2020
Might play and imagination inform us about decolonizing and healing the Earth as ourselves? This article contributes to the discussion on the functions of Expressive Arts-based research (EABR) for practitioners and researchers interested in cultivating ecological identity through embodied and lived experiences. Based on the basic tenets of EABR, the author conducted this intermodal expressive arts inquiry during the early outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Canada, in accordance with the
more » ... ordance with the architecture of an expressive arts session: filling in from the habitual world experience, de-centering process and harvesting. On the foundation of this inquiry, the author concludes that the art-oriented de-centering process can 1) facilitate transpersonal ecological interaction with the more-than-human world, which provides relational nourishment for human individuals to grow their ability to identify ecologically; and 2) metabolize imagination and the act of poiesis in between the habitual and alternative world experiences as the embodiment of human participation with the Living Earth's creative process.
doi:10.24412/2713-184x-2020-2-48-56 fatcat:n6spc77shnbmxgxsr23pncfnxy