The Power of Art Therapy
So, the last word I would use to describe myself would be “artist.” I have so much discomfort with arenas in which right and wrong don’t really exist, which is precisely why I think that the art therapy workshop Space For Anything co-hosted recently with wonderful artist, model, and activist, Brana Dane, and SupeRole Models, wound up actually being so good for me as a human. The beautiful new space of natural beauty brand Innisfree, that grows the plants they use in their products on the protected South Korean Island of JeJu, was lent to us for an afternoon of painting and talking through some important emotions.
It’s interesting what comes up when you’re given certain visual and auditory frameworks (like certain colors and music) and you’re asked to just paint. Don’t try to paint something, just paint. It was really hard to be honest! But then we got to this slow, swirling soundtrack that filled me with a sort of melancholy. Our colors were blue and green. I picked up the brush and started swirling. The swirls began connecting large dots, and those large dots started to take the form of periods of my life and the changing social circles that accompanied those times. Interestingly, I didn’t realize what I was doing until I was done. But it wound up being a very emotional and beautiful moment for me to reflect on all the people that have floated into my life during those time periods and provided me with what I was in need of in that moment, whether that meant giving me a place to live or just being a good friend for a short period of time.
It’s interesting to see what you discover when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and are able to pay attention to what comes up inside of you. I’m really grateful that Brana and Super Role Models asked Space for Anything to be a part of this enlightening experience and I would encourage you to seek out something similar, especially if it feels like the farthest thing from what you might be “good” at. It feels good to let go of trying to do a “great job” at something or to do it “right”…and instead to just feel and explore and see what comes up. Give it a try. Let me know what you experience, or if you’ve done art therapy before, please share your thoughts! I’d love to hear what you have to say. :)
All photos from: Victor San Andres