Art is often accused of being self-centred and ego-driven. Yet art in art therapy is quite the opposite. The art therapist, who is more often than not also a practising artist, encourages others to express themselves through painting, drawing, sculpting.
The therapist then facilitates, guides, witnesses and responds to her or his client’s art process and art expressions. Nine experienced Singapore educated art therapists now give us a rare look at their own artwork, which is inspired by a holistic, humane view of the world. For curators Midah Arshad and Jutta Odenwaelder of Red Dot Creativity, this is what inspired them to organize the exhibition: the seemingly unbridgeable contradiction between the self-absorbed artist and the caring and altruistic art therapist. “The Colours of the Mind” presents a wide range of works from realistic to abstract, each with its very own history rooted in the therapist-artist’s experience with trauma reactions, posttraumatic stress or depression as well as many neurological and cognitive disorders of their clients. Visitors to the exhibition will find that the colours of the mind are intriguing and even provocative and come in many shades and hues.
Event: The Colours of the Mind
Dates: Till May 20, 2014
Venue: German Centre Singapore, 3rd Floor, East & West Wing, 25 International Business Park, Singapore