I’m currently setting up a space to welcome individuals interested in embarking on a transformative journey, blending personal and professional development through artistic expression. As we paint supports for sculptures and assemble tables, the artistic path emerges as a new avenue, albeit one deeply rooted in history, often manifesting in various forms throughout time under different names.
But what is the artistic path? Who should engage with an art therapist?
Art itself functions as a language, complete with rules, grammar, and syntax. Some use this language to communicate, while others craft novels, poems, essays, or even doodles and expressions of emotion. Artistic literacy is for everyone. Through art, we convey things that words cannot articulate, expressing content that transcends verbal communication, delving into realms of beauty that extend beyond language.
Creating a work of art involves embarking on a journey—a profound and intricate expedition filled with shadows, valleys, peaks, risks, and all the elements inherent in any odyssey. The artistic journey reveals aspects of ourselves that were previously unknown. It’s a process, an ongoing creation—it’s not merely about the finished piece but the journey itself.
Often, we tend to define ourselves based on physical traits, age, preferences, or our professions. While professional identity might seem the most significant, defining ourselves statically poses a risk—it’s akin to a recurring illness, subtle and deceptive, not immediately harmful but limiting growth and change.
Through an artistic growth path guided by an art therapist, we come to comprehend the nature of an artistic process. We get closer to our authentic selves—beings continuously evolving. We begin to reclaim our identities, experiencing ourselves as a process rather than fixed entities. Avoiding the mental trap of assuming change while remaining stagnant, we discover the importance of learning a new language. It could be through a pencil, a brush, or working with earth. The goal? Unveiling oneself and embracing one’s potential.