Reflective Art-Making

“Altered Books and Visual Journaling”: “All art-making is in some way about transformation and renewal; altered art empowers the creator to restore what has been lost and make changes to what already exists through symbol and metaphor.” Once I started my academic studies my artwork moved away from realistic paintings of scenery and landscape to…

Trauma

When we experience a traumatic event the part of our brain that is responsible for language (the Brocas area) shuts down. At the same time, our brain’s danger recognition centre is on high alert and records the traumatic memory visually and in the form of bodily sensation (Rausch et al, 1996). Using art to express…

Anxiety

Art therapy has potential benefits for us all. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy exercises help “foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, [and] reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.” However, this particular treatment has also been studied and proven to specifically help those who deal with anxiety disorders. Especially when used…

Pendent making

The creation of amulets and talismans has the power to lead us into a mindful approach to healing. Amulets and talismans are simply physical objects that are believed to have powers to cause good things to happen. When we create these, we step into the realm of self-inquiry, slowing down into the moment before us. In engaging our…

Clinical gaze in Therapy

        When the doctor views the patient as a disease, not as a person.   According to Shapiro, the clinical gaze strips people of their wholeness and leaves them feeling as if who they are is defined by their illness (Shapiro). Michel Foucault stated, “disorders became localized to a distinct point within…

How to self reflect and how it can benefit my practice

  Being able to recall what happened, and turn your insights into an action plan isn’t always easy. What is meant by reflection? A definition of reflective thinking: evaluating your first-hand experience of an event, process or activity, then; analyzing the reasons for the things that have gone well and less well, then; learning from…

DOMINIC THORPE, PERFORMANCE ART WORKSHOP

DOMINIC THORPE, PERFORMANCE ARTIST Dominic Thorpe is an Irish visual artist who works primarily through performance art in a range of contexts. He also works with drawing, video, photography, installation, collaborative and relational based processes. Much of his recent work addresses contemporary and historical human rights and institutional abuses and he is currently receiving a…

What does culture mean in Art therapy

To create a therapeutic alliance with a client, the art therapist needs to be sensitive to the cultural differences which can bias the relationship. Barriers such as language and others may influence the treatment and possibly contribute to a client’s early termination from therapy. Consideration of the use of art materials and gives attention to…

Reusing books and black out poems

We were given books a selection to choose from. then we were asked to open at any pages we wanted and scan it black out the words that were not relevant to us to make a blackout poem.  I had no problem doing this and was quite happy to draw and out marks on the…