The “Meditation” series was created as part of an exploration of the expansion of perception that I have experienced while practicing mindfulness meditation. The first one has to do with having a limited vision on an issue which often is accompanied by negative emotions. The second one represents the raising awareness of a wiser inner self and the ability to witness oneself. The final image is about the resolution of the dilemma that is related to choicefullness and the resulting flowering of positive feelings.

“Peacock” appeared as a symbol of overwhelming emotions represented through the tear shaped peacock feathers reaching out far beyond the limits of the canvas. I am often inspired to paint animals when I am dealing with unwanted or unacceptable emotions such as sadness, fear, shame or anger. The animals can hold and express my emotions with dignity, and through viewing them I in turn can begin to feel okay about experiencing them myself.

 

“Medusa” is another example of how art enables the befriending of long repressed or unacceptable emotions which bring about release of life energies previously spent at holding the unwanted emotions under control (often in the realm of the unconscious). She helped me find some relief from the romanticized view of motherhood that is supposed to contain nothing but bliss. How difficult it is for so many mothers to express the shadow side of their experiences. The emergence of this female mythic figure that embodies anger to the fullest, validated and normalized some of my own frustrations.

 

This image is part of a larger wooden block that I carved and embellished as a lifeline piece. Every time I engage in art making as part of a particular investigation I end up knowing more about the issue than when I started. This is a curious phenomenon since I am the creator of the pieces that end up informing me. The art process provides access to the unconscious which becomes the source of what appears to be new knowledge. An art therapist joining the investigation as a guide more often than not adds insight and leads to healing. Life lines are often used to shed light to issues related to life transitions and career changes.

 

“Skyline” was a simple expression of my longing for home.

 

This is a personal altar I created over a period of three months while an intern at The Denver Hospice. It holds the investigation of my personal life transitions.

 

Another practice art therapists engage in as part of their profession is called “response art” making, which serves us therapists in that it gets us to make art on an ongoing basis, and our clients, in that we get to offer visual responses to what they share with us, what it was we heard and understood, and how we were impacted by them. This mask which was auctioned at the 2008 Denver Hospice Mask Project was a response piece I made to a grieving client with child and life partner loss.

These images came out of a workshop titled "equine alchemy". Women were asked to choose and connect with one of the horses in the pasture ending up being fascinated by how the issues we were working on were mirrored in the horses stories. Animals are a therapeutic gift of the Universe and can teach us much about ourselves in addition to offering unconditional acceptance and love.

empty boats and filled containers...

playing with sticks in search of the answers

 

these images came from following the patterns in the wood blocks not unlike scribble drawing, as always allowing my projections to inform me about the deeper layers

Client Art Examples

 

Sibel's Mosaic Art

   
 

 

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