How Can Art Make Us Healthier?

Feb 26

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2/26/2010 9:15 AM  RssIcon

I use art as an emotional outlet. I want to help people to discover the ways they can use art to facilitate emotional health. We can invite people into the art process either by making it ourselves, learning about what others make or encouraging others to create. I've done some pretty extensive writing about 3 decades of my creations. What I wrote about was the emotional component of the art not the quality. In fact, I believe art making is much more powerful when it is process versus product oriented. I don't make incredible art but the freedom I get when I create is incredible. This kind of "incredible" is what I want to pass on to others.

If you'd like to check out my "process" you can view my latest work on Photostream? All you have to do is click on the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancinginthedoghouse/?donelayout=1

You can see my work all at once. No logging in, etc. I write about my art, too. You can read the descriptions: they are posted right under each piece of work. They are emotionally loaded. In fact, the writing I do about my art is as powerful for me as the act of creating it. I want to pass this "power" on to others and thought perhaps a discussion might help facilitate that?

How can we pass on the freedom found in a creative act: writing, singing, making music, painting, journaling, collage, sculpture- even scrapbooking? What does what we make say about us and our internal world? How can creativity be used to make us healthier and more connected with ourselves? How can we, and others, use art as an emotional outlet? Thoughts?

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