My role as an art therapist heavily influences the conceptual basis of my artwork. In working with a population that may be undervalued or socially marginalized, my art practice keeps me receptive and attentive to the inequity and challenges that are largely unrecognized in our society.
Everyday events and social interactions I encounter impact my art practice. I collect discarded or popular culture objects that possess traces of certain time and place. I construct assemblages using these collected items, as records of the social environment and my personal and professional growth. In the process of making, I am able to recognize the multiple layers of stories exchanged in even the most mundane of experiences; unspoken tales of emotional and spiritual connections are revealed.
This accumulative process is analogous to my art therapy practice. It generates a range of inquiries, observations and assessments, as it also explores the stream of unconsciousness. As an art therapist, I embrace this spontaneity because I trust that the client possesses all the knowledge and capabilities necessary to achieving her or his goals. The authenticity preserved in the artworks nurtures my empathic connection to the people I work with.
April 1 2014