Art for trauma recovery.
“I took clay and tiles home and spent many Friday and Saturday nights enjoying the process of creating things. This was a welcome alternative to my usual nights of drinking alcohol to escape my reality. Instead I was able to make things that my husband and children thought looked “really cool”. My kids often joined me in the art making process and as a result we changed the ‘theatre room’ in our new house to an ‘art room’. A place that any of us can now go to when we want to release energy, when we want to ‘escape’ in a safe way and when we just want to feel good.” Nat, participant.
Introducing art making and providing guidance, encouragement and materials gives people who have experienced trauma some tools to change.
Each story of how a life is re-shaped by participating in the art program I run at SeCASA is unique. However, that art is the catalyst to their change is not. I have witnessed women transform their sense of self, improve their health, engage in community, education, and work. Others have cleared out spare rooms that have been inaccessible through hoarding in order to set up an art space. This reshaping is the wonder of art, of creativity.
Here are some of Nat’s ceramic pieces which she created at home for our group works, Alice in Wonderland, two clay and mosaic artworks that are now installed at SECASA, Seaford.
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