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Art Therapy

Making art can be a door to express a person’s inner world. When the art process is only for oneself, and not others’ assessments, a self-healing can start from the inside since creating art itself has a power of healing. Creative activity helps us encounter our insides, especially when we are not conscious of others. But conquering the fear of meeting expectations from others or even from oneself is essential because true self-expression or self-revelation is limited otherwise. Creativity is the freedom from fear of taking risks. Therefore, by overcoming channeling steps for art creating, one can even overcome their inner trauma.

Abstract Art Drawing

Making abstract art can be effective to give freedom for expressing our inner world for many people, even for specific populations. From this first step, we can start to confront and accept what and who we are.

Abstract art making is helpful to allow clients to focus on the process rather than the result because the abstract art making process and its results are relatively free from objective evaluation. However, therapeutic abstract art making is a little different from the works of abstract artists, such as Wassily Kandinsky or Mark Rothko. Therapeutic abstract art making is more about experiencing the creative process, which may help us realize that we can make art that can give satisfaction to ourselves.

Literally, abstract art making is a process initiated with simple lines, meaningless arcs, or unarranged circles by using various colors. These meaningless fragments can be developed more with the art therapist. Through this process, simple lines, arcs, and circles can evolve into meaningful art by making balance of the whole painting.

During the abstract art making process, people can express their inner life through playfully using various colors, lines, or shapes, rather than caring about making certain figures, such as flowers or portraits. Also, art therapists can encourage and support people to disregard their perceived expectations of some prescribed aesthetic nature in order to make them comfortable with art making.  

Little Girl, 2009, Mixed media on canvas
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