Art as therapy: therapy as art

I’ve been working with the idea that spontaneous artworks act as a kind of therapy. The process of creation is much more important than a finished product. This requires that I let go of any concepts of how the painting should look, and simply paint purely out of intuition. My abstractions have used this idea in the past, but steps have been very considered, and things changed according to my inner aesthetic requirements and technical knowledge. So I’ve decided to experiment with making a painting without artistic considerations and just go with the emotion of the moment, and gut instinct. This seems to create a very strong interaction with the paint and canvas, and releases a lot of energy. And this process in itself is a kind of therapy; a letting go of the past in many ( even unknown) ways. I’m showing the initial painting done on one afternoon, and the following day I felt as if I had more to process, so I continued till it felt complete. The result could be termed “art”, but just as easily be called “therapy”. And this feels completely valid for me…..here they are.

Process painting

Process painting

The above painting is the first part of the process.

Abstract painting Accidental F

Accidental “F”

Above is the final part of the process, which I’ve named as “Accidental F”……obviously! Below are two close up images of the finished process. In these details you can observe texture, scraped areas, splashes and the use of spray paint…all used spontaneously.

Detail 2

Detail 2

Detail

Detail 1

 

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