Expressive Arts: A Complement to Narrative Therapy Practice

Expressive arts differ from aesthetic arts in that they convey a message or hold personal meaning to the artist. Expressive arts are used in art therapy to help people work through emotional issues, trauma, and more. The key to expressive arts is the process and it’s meaning to the artist, not aesthetic perfection.Expressive arts used in conjunction with Narrative Therapy allows art therapists to help clients re-author their stories in ways that are meaningful and empowering.My current pieces combine poetry, painting, and collage that represent various aspects of my life story.

Oil on Canvas Painting and Mixed Media Collage series on Emotions and States of Being.

 

ALL Bodies are Beautiful series on body diversity, Oil on canvas.

 

Lifeline: An Autobiographican Collage. Mixed Media.

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Expansion series on a 20-year-old painting, working on Trauma-related nightmares and post-traumatic growth. Mixed media collage with Acrylic, original poetry and feathers.

Accompanying poetry can be found at Musings here.

 

Mixed media collage with poetry series.

Poetree at Dawn and Poetree at Dusk Poems available in Musings here. Swirled Thoughts Poems available in Musings here.

 

Grief Collages with original poetry.

 

Wellness Clock, Values Compass, Emotion Thermometer and Readiness for Change Barometer

Wellness Collection