Good evening everyone!
Our family tree assignment in illustrator this past week has had me thinking quite a bit and questioning,
Why do we make art?
I feel confident enough to make the assumption that all of us, as artists have purpose and emotion behind the work we create.
Since I was little I always felt impelled to help other people and when I was in high school I discussed possibly going into art therapy for a career.
I found this short article and video online that talks about an art therapy program that helps people with severe mental illnesses. A quote from the article stated
“Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as, but not limited to: fostering self-expression, enhancing coping skills, managing stress, and strengthening a sense of self.”
Don’t we all as artists use art to self-express, manage stress, and to better understand ourselves? Can this possibly mean all artists are a little crazy? <yes (in a good way)
Watching this video shows the importance of art and how it helps heal. One woman said she isn’t much of a talker, so she is able to express her emotions through her artwork.
Another interesting video I found is related to art therapy and how it can be used to monitor bipolar patients and determine when they’re going through a period of mania, or a time of depression.
See, artists are just as high up there in the world as any doctor can be. <think about it