Transformative or Expressive Art draws on the concepts of art as process and healing arts, intended to offer creative ways to experience self-discovery, healing and transformative change through the use of hands on art making as a source of knowing, with materials and modalities that reflect deep knowing, experience, self and conscious awareness.
Engagement in art-making is activated while in creative process. Rather than being about the end product, it is the personal journey and discovery that happens throughout the creative connecting that offers a powerful place to deepen understanding - where you can notice, hold, mark, heal and transform experiences.
Art as process offers a psycho-spiritual approach to knowing, visual narrative offers new ways to step into your story.
Transformative arts, expressive arts and healing arts are all approaches I utilize to offer and integrate creative process for self-discovery, healing and wholeness. It is through the journey into image. symbol and meaning that we can explore the imaginal and mythic world of dreams and visions using free association, guided imagery, art as process, movement, voicing, sounding and writing to open new avenues of wisdom.
Engagement in transformative arts is a powerful way to experience the personal creative journey of attunement and self-discovery...your art is an extension of you, holding and reflecting your personal story. Art comes from a deep emotional place inside you, tapping into your intuitive, finding creative flow, enables you to experience a deep meditative state that invites new awareness of the emotional, embodied and somatic connection.
I offer guidance, methods and techniques that include SoulCollage®, JourneyCircles™ , MoonCircles™ mixed media collage, process painting, intuitive writing, creative journaling, assemblage; and also include intuitive movement, shamanic energy work, guided mediation and nature-based wisdom to best meet you where you are on your transformational journey.
"Art washes from the soul the
dust of everyday life"
What is Art as Process?
Art as Process is the engagement to art-making, as a way to feel, see and discover active awareness while being in process. Rather than the outcome of "a piece of art" the process itself is amplified as the conduit of pure human expression and a full experience in each moment. It is a personal journey experience and form of active connection.
It is about the process of the formation of art in action that informs the self - the gathering, sorting, collating, associating, patterning and most importantly the initiation of intuitive art-making and mark-making.
This process is an energetic extension of ourselves and what we create can be a mirror illuminating the shadow aspects of ourselves as well as a vessel to hold something new that is emerging into awareness.
What are Expressive Arts?
Expressive Arts draw from visual arts, writing, dance/movement, drama, storytelling, and other creative processes that open and expand self-knowledge and understanding.
They do not require any formal artistic experience and are offered with easy accessible materials to invite working with curiosity and creative flow.
Expressive art will awaken our active imagination and enhance our mindfulness by staying present to our thoughts, feelings and sensations that arise as we create. These become a practice to exercise our deep knowing and subconscious. The techniques and tools help get us out of our heads and back into our bodies, noticing our subtle energies, sensations and feelings.