Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Therapy l Fragments of a Critical Statement Rational and research realised for the project Piece by Piece I decided to embark on a journey to create a 15 minute documentary about the benefits of mosaic art as a therapeutic relief method. The inspiration for this project came from assisting in the realization of the Mosaic Project for the High Rise Apartments organized by Worcester Housing Community under the creative directions of mosaic artist Victoria Harrison and artist and art therapist Pam White. At first I was attracted by the notion of mosaic art as a durable art-form and how its permanent nature allows us to glance 4000 years in the past and be certain that creating a mosaic piece means imbedding a signature that will last for generations to come. As Keith Beattie (2004) states “The documentarian draws on past and resent actuality – the world of social and historical experience – to construct an account of lives and events”, I therefore started looking into ancient mosaic representations, materials and uses. There could not have been any relevant interpretation of modern tile art without the understanding of the historical context and reasons for which this type of craft was used throughout the world. From ancient Mesopotamia, to Hellenistic villas and from Roman temples to Christian churches we can see an array of styles and interpretations of textures, patterns and narratives take life in the shimmering and vast complexity of mosaic decorations. Mosaic reference from book/article Mosaics were clearly designed by craftsmen hired by wealthy families belonging to Europe’s empires, as decorations for floors and walls and depicted important...
Symbols and performance

Symbols and performance

Symbols and performance l Research An article I wrote when pre-producing and refining the concept used for the project: Tapestry of Life. People have always tried to define themselves and create meaningful symbols to represent, individualise and communicate their belief or stories.  The scientist Colin Cherry has written, “all communication proceeds by means of signs, with which one organism affects the behaviour (or state) of an-other” . Thus even the basic clothes we wear talk to other members of our species and presents them our conception of beauty or our own unique style. Evolution has not changed our search for identity, but  increased our lust for meaning and individual assessment. “Tools, from the simplest hand implements to the most sophisticated computers, are extensions of man’s attempt to shape his environment. And in the same sense, symbols too are human extensions.” notices Cherry. When I think of Burroughs and the beat generation  words like  spontaneous, explicit, random, remarkable come to mind. Burroughs stated that “The invitation is – come out of matter into space, out of language into silence.” The invitation, in my opinion, is to push boundaries, mix and explore senses and meanings.  Daniel Punday (2007) quoted in “Word Dust: William Burroughs’s Multimedia Aesthetic”  Celeste Olalquiaga who noted that  “the dreams of modernity that have lost their romantic dimension with the dust that accumulates on forgotten objects, establishing an anthology between what he calls the extinct world of things (things infused with aura, of course) and the when-out condition of dreams: both are now in the realm of the banal, that is, of kitsch”. What keeps some objects or symbols out of the kitsch sphere and keeps them...