Art as a Form of Therapy
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy, in which the participants can individually and creatively express themselves through several ways to improve their mental, spiritual and physical well-being. Through the process can one tap into their mental worlds and understand their states and emotions, thus increasing self-awareness. Art therapy can take the form of various activities, including painting, drawing, dancing, singing. The participants neednít be professional artists, as long as they are willing to involve in.
One of the most primitive art therapy is Rorschachís inkblot. Made by Hermann Rorschach, Rorschachís inkblot is a series of projective tests using inkblot to explore the condition and inner mental worlds of patients, through which the psychotherapist can come up with their treatment. The participants will be given a picture of ink-blots and imagine what they see, which will be used to determine their mental states. Due to its uncertain reliability, more form of art therapy, where the individual immersion of the participants is emphasized, has been taken into shape
Why is art effective?
Through art can one increase their perception and self-perception, which helps the participants be ground on the present, bodily and emotionally aware during the worst time.
Art can help reinforce self-image, increase self-acceptance and identity. Also, it can help control emotional impulsiveness by making the participants experience raw emotion and face it upfront, thus boosting self-confidence and self-efficacy.
Art and artistic expression can also make the participants recognise their behaviour towards them and towards the others, providing the opportunity to alternate their action towards themselves and others.
Art can provide insight and comprehension; specifically, art can open their deepest thoughts, emotion and feeling, which give self-understanding for further action.
How does art therapy affect your psychological well-being?
Jacob Devaney wrote an article on Natural Blaze website about how art therapy improves consciousness that the observation of a profound piece of art can trigger multiple neurons as the artists created their works, which creates new neural pathways and stimulates a state of inspiration. He named it embodied cognition.
Bob Bryant, Executive Director of Fine Arts at Katy, ISD, stated the importance of art in education program, in which education and engagements in arts play a vital role in the personal development of each human being
Dr. Dacher Keltner from the University of Berkeley explained that beauty and wonder in the art could directly influence your health and life expectancy. Silagh Mirgain further expanded the benefits of how the physical body and mental state will be improved through art therapy
Stress is also an essential psychological factor that negatively affects individual living quality. A medical publication from a researcher duo explained that engagement with creative and imaginative activities could help reduce stress and depression and alleviate chronic decease.
To quote from Leonardo Da Vinci, whose brain opened a discovery of how creativity and art affect your brain: ďPainting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest
Reflection on TOUCH: Deaf-blind artists of MajŠk
On 20/11/2019, an exhibition called TOUCH: Deafblind artists took place in Zuidas Amsterdam.
The exhibition explored the world of outsider art and showcase of more than 15 artworks from MajŠk residents. The 4 artists from MajŠk are known for their auditory and visual impairment, but by creative expression through art therapy, they managed to get a mental and emotional grip of themselves through their artistic exploration of their ego and their inner worlds, which can be proven impossible with their use of their non-functional eyes and ears.
With the help of art, you can improve your mental, as well as physical health. In Victory Artís shop stands artworks that can give you a sense of self-relief and self-enlightenment. Check us out here.