At first glance, art and politics seem like they couldn't be more separate, with politics focused on the grubbiness of everyday reality and art busily creating a fantasy world of creative expression. Yet the two realms frequently come together, and the collision can be fiery.
As it happens, there are currently two exhibitions in New York that offer glimpses into the bonding of artistic communities in defiance of the encroaching darkness, first in rage and then in compassion.
Yesterday ARTnews reported that, in light of the results of the presidential election, many booths had taken a more political tack and planned to infuse the fair with a topicality not usually seen in sunny Miami Beach.
Since the election, many people have called for a return to business as usual and pledged their support for the president-elect, but these attitudes are dangerous for artists, arts workers, and many, many others.
by Heather Mayone Kiely 11/10/16 in Art Therapy, NYC Therapy
Art-making gives us a way to be big, powerful, and assert control over the materials. It also gives the artist an opportunity to make images that express and work through exactly what is making them feel so small.
The impact of political violence, war, civil war and acts of terrorism on the individuals involved can be extensive. Art therapy can provide an effective means of expressing the resulting experiences of fear, loss, separation, instability and disruption.
The mindful art therapy presented in this book places inner contemplation, openness and visual language at its centre, showing how traditional Eastern wisdom can be integrated into modern psychotherapeutic practice for mind-body wellness.