Art Therapy and Attunement
The phrase ‘Fly by Night Work’ appeared to me in a dream.
It spoke of intuitive aspects of the art therapist’s journey with clients, in particular, clients living with deep dementia.
The client might no longer be
able to form words.
They might have experienced multiple losses – of their home, their spouse, of anything familiar, of their memory, their perceptions of the edges of things, even their sense of self.
The art therapist attunes subtly and attentively to her felt sense of this person – to non-verbal cues – to the person’s presence and very being.
The art therapist does not fly blind,
yet she flies in the dark, by the light of the moon.
If she tunes in carefully, respectfully, listening for the life force in each person, she will begin to make out shapes, textures, feelings and capacities, even in the dark. The art therapist will be able to support preservation of existing cognitive and physical abilities, foster emotional well-being and encourage a sense of agency, personal power and meaning.
With night vision, the art therapist might even help the client bring forth creative connection and spiritual growth.
I invite you to view Night Flying Work in the flesh, wool and paint.
It’s to be included in an exhibition: Art Therapists on Art Therapy.
You are welcome to join us at opening night or beyond.
Exhibition opens Wednesday 12th October, 2016
at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock St, Camperdown.