Mental Health and Art- Part 3

There are various ways to help tackle mental health, the one we’re talking about today is; Art Therapy. It is one of the intersections where mental health and art meet, where the art is not based on one’s knowledge of the subject, neither on ability, but solely “by accessing imagination and creativity, qualities which all human beings possess, in order to generate new models of living and contribute to the development of a more integrated sense of self,” says ANZATA, the professional association for arts therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Where therapy is not in the end result but the artistic process itself.

The most important part of art therapy being; one must find the medium of art that fits them to truly work.

Stephane Mallarme once said, “Painting not the thing, but its effect.” I think that this is what artists truly want at the core of things, other than their ‘selfish’ (for lack of a better word,) reason to emote through a different medium, because they want the observer to be able to feel their emotions. They visually (not limited to) express what others are unable to, in the hopes that the observer can use their work to explain what they are going through, relate to, or find solace.

 

I’ve used “Mental Health” about ten times as a method of subliminal messaging, to encourage you to talk about this with your family and friends, that is the first step to creating awareness.

Try to understand where people are coming from before rushing to conclusions.

 

Artwork: A Glimpse of the Village by Mohan Singh

www.theguardian.com -Therapy imitating art: improving mental health through creativity