About the Artist

Lisa Marie Persaud is an artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born in Guyana, “the land of many waters”, a tiny South American country that borders the North Atlantic coast. Lisa Marie grew up, and spent most of her life in Brooklyn, New York.

Lisa Marie is an Existential- Humanist who focuses on the healing potential of ecotherapy and altered states of consciousness. She is especially interested in awe-inducing experiences that catalyze cognitive shifts that foster eudaimonic well-being, spirituality, self-transcendence, and a deeper connection to oneself, or the natural world. She believes that recognizing our being part of nature is necessary for mental health and social solutions to the global challenges facing us today (e.g., climate change; loss in biodiversity; racial, social, and economic injustice; famine, and war).

She enjoys painting and writing, existential and process philosophy, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, and deep ecology and cosmology. She created MorphogenicMe.com in 2013 to share her art and thoughts with the world. Lisa Marie’s art is inspired by the human condition, diversity of species on Earth as well as the heavenly bodies that adorn our universe, and the mysteries that underlie our cosmos. Her art is an expression of the harmony and inter-connectedness that exists between self and other, and other forms of nature, and strives to offer the observer-participant a moment of self-transcendence.

Lisa Marie attended The City College of New York and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre (2009). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University (2018) and currently studies Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa Marie is a member of Frank White’s Overview RoundTable, a collective of STEAM visionaries inspired by the beauty, awe, and promise of the Overview Effect and space exploration. She is also the recipient of the Cosmic Sister Emerging Voices Award in partnership with MAPS Canada.

Lisa Marie practices silent meditation and mindfulness, and she enjoys Sci-Fi and stargazing.

Her favorite quote is from theoretical physicist, Richard P. Feynman:

“This universe has been described by many, but it just goes on,

with its edge as unknown as the bottom of the bottomless sea of the

other idea—just as mysterious, just as awe-inspiring, and just as

incomplete as the poetic pictures that came before.

But see that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the

imagination of man. No one who did not have some inkling of this

through observations could ever have imagined such a marvel as

nature is.”

Lisa Marie states: “the most fascinating aspect of matter, is its capacity to wonder earnestly of itself, and the cosmos.”

A few of her influences include: Carl Sagan, E.O. Wilson, Loren Eiseley, Viktor Frankl, Joseph Campbell, Richard Feynman, Jane Goodall, Arne Naess, Felix Guattari, Erich Fromm, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung, David Bohm, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alfred North Whitehead, William James, Soren Kierkegaard, Rollo May, Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Seneca, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Charles Dickens, Aldous Huxley, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, R.D. Laing, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, J.R., Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Mary Shelley, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Alex Grey, Johannes Vermeer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Matsuo Basho, Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists, William Blake, Buddhist Philosophy, and the Bhagavad Gita, etc.

PRESS:

Lisa Marie’s art was first published in Stem Magazine commemorating the Total Solar Eclipse which coincided with her 31st birthday on August 21st, 2017:

stemmagazine.com/glsi8anls17

A short interview conducted by Charity Cason (2017), a then student of Evergreen State College, can be found here:

http://www.mouseakins.com/blog

 

Character Strengths

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

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Leadership

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Curiosity & Interest in the World

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Creativity, Ingenuity, & Originality

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Fairness, Equity, & Justice

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Welcome to a cosmic perspective.