Returning to a Forgotten Language
Art making is a universal language-- one that comes naturally to us when we are young, and holds no bias. For centuries, the act of image-making has been a primary mode of communication among us humans. As children creativity, imagination and play come easily. It is a way for us to express ourselves in a free and wild way.
As a Registered Art Therapist, I love to incorporate art making in session. What does this mean? It means creating imagery using paint, collage, or really any materials you might have on hand. I might encourage you to draw what a certain feeling looks like, or make an image to represent something important we are exploring. It may mean creating something you want to let go of or manifest into your life. Art creates something tangible from something abstract that lives in our heads. And when we create this art form outside of ourselves it can be validating, empowering and enlightening.
Art can communicate things that are difficult or even sometimes impossible to put into words. There is no right way to make art in session. Often times it is actually more about what it feels like to make art than what you end up creating (although many end products become quite treasured).
I see art as a door to our unconscious selves. Once we allow ourselves to open the door, we begin to tap into our inner most authentic self. And that's when the m a g i c happens.