Art Healership

The journey towards Art Healership is a little like that of working in an art dealership (in that it rhymes). But it differs in the sense that the value art has is determined by us, the viewers – the Art Healers. We look to art as a toolkit put together by generation after generation of our artist ancestors to help us, in the present, survive, thrive, and self-actualise.

For an Art Healer:

Art is a reflection of the humanness of those who make it and those who look at it. 

See below for more thoughts on and about seeing art in this way:

A lesson on what can’t be seen by looking in a mirror, only felt

It’s important to note, when looking at abstract art, that this kind of work is often depicting something that words are ill-equipped to express. In being human, by definition, there will be things we understand but cannot describe, things we know but cannot teach, and things we do that we cannot explain with words alone. […]

A lesson on confronting the demons in our quiet

It is in times of solitude and prolonged quiet that some of our deepest fears emerge. Our body and mind, in these moments, are working in tandem to push the soul to begin the healing process. Or, as Stephen Cope (psychotherapist and yoga teacher) describes: ‘The “night sea journey” is the journey into the parts […]

A lesson on the importance of being ordinary

When beholding a toilet enshrined upon a plinth, it might seem unrealistic to think that its role as a very ordinary object could inspire quiet confidence; but, it should. Duchamp teaches us with this urinal, that it is not what an object is, nor is it what an object looks like, which gives it importance. […]

A lesson on the narrative we tell ourselves

Imagine each dot is a moment in your life. Place the first few moments that come to mind on the top line, those that are within closest reach. What moments come to mind? What are they showing you about your world? If these were the only moments you could show a stranger, what kind of […]

A lesson on admiring success

The Great Pyramid of Giza, built for Pharaoh Khufu, teaches us to be careful of admiring symbols of Success. As we see it, success is incredibly impressive; visually striking, this majestic structure erupts from the ground, and basks in the light of the sun, illuminating how we come to idolise ‘success’, without truly seeing what […]

A lesson on the reality of overthinking

Have you ever felt this way? It is as if time has ceased to act as a barrier to the barrage of memories, thoughts, and moments that flood your mind. Perhaps it’s so paralysing, you don’t know what decision to make next; perhaps you’re so saturated by anxiety that the film between what is real […]

In the context of healing, what is art?

TL;DR – Art is a reflection of the humanness of those who make it and those who look at it. We should pay greater attention to the latter role more closely in deciding what it means and what it is worth. Art can then be used to heal through increased understanding, empathy, and self-actualisation. A […]

A lesson on the healing process (and the role of love in this)

Goldsworthy, an artist who works intimately with nature, teaches us what it means to heal in accordance with what is and the kind of love it takes to do so. Richly red-coloured maple leaves are arranged serenely in still water; they illuminate the wisdom in accepting what is reality, in place of the oftentimes unfair […]

A lesson on meeting melancholy

In the distance, troubled figures from the past and the longing for a future free from pain commingle into a gloomy landscape. As lonely as this feels, when we observe what was once familiar as it is gradually marred by thought, we actually have an opportunity to get to know the true subject in this […]

How to look at art

TL;DR – looking at art is an experience; experiencing anything involves you. This is followed by questions that help incorporate you and your worldview into the art. * Looking at art can be a daunting task, it requires some thought, at least, about what art is; but in looking the very purpose of the art, […]

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