Creation: Life and Artifact
One beautiful feature of heuristic research methodology is its “creative synthesis” manifest in the creation of artifacts. These artifacts, like the example below, can aid researchers and audiences in communicating and interpreting meanings formed through the captured data of experience.
Take the composite photo of the maple tree below. Each separate photo was taken during the associated season over the course of a year. This activity was in conjunction with experiences surrounding spirituality, religion, environmental consciousness, and meaning. Moreover, encounters with the nature and power of religious symbols manifested concurrently with this experience.
Thus, the meaning embedded within this composite is a product of living through seasons with this lifeform, in its environment. Such experience generates an associative understanding (partial and poetic) of the Buddhist Kalachakra Mandala.
This is an example of an artifact generated by heuristic research methods and arts-based research methods.