Art Therapy: It's Not About You, was a piece combining performance and installation
which was exhibited during Artscape, 2010. The installation consisted of an office that
included a vintage therapist's couch and 65 portraits that I painted, which lined the walls.
The portraits served the purpose of provoking a sense of alienation in order to encourage the patients to engage in introspection so that they could identify and voice their personal thoughts and emotions.
My role as therapist differed with each individual patient. In some sessions, patients
would trust me enough to divulge their deepest, most personal thoughts while in other
sessions, the patients simply relaxed as I guided them through a meditative journey
through the psychology of the work.
The overall experience of the piece was thrilling for both the patients and me. The piece
resulted in the patients and I sharing a sense of relief and happiness.
As the individual interactions of the therapist and the patients enable the piece to easily
adapt to varying environments, I feel that Art Therapy: It's Not About You would be at
home in a variety of venues, from a museum to a sidewalk in Japan.