Jamaican painter Roberta Stoddart has created a body of work in which personal and social histories intertwine to produce a contemplative response to what might be described as notions of enduring catastrophe. The work seeks to recognize a horizon of collective experience and shared subjectivity mediated through history and grounded in consciousness and the transcendent. Through a discussion of Husserl's Lebenswelt, or lifeworld, Gabrielle Hezekiah explores Stoddart's journey of reflection and transformation as it is evidenced in her paintings, showing that the thematization of the life-world produces a relationship of intersubjectivity and a multidimensional view of history.

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