Originally manifested in the land of Mexico, I, my body come from a multiethnic background. Being an immigrant to Canada, I am constantly informed by two opposite landscapes, experiences. My work is the crossroads where cultures converge: juxtaposed realities encompassing history and the here and now. Many worlds, one artistic emergence.
Interestingly, before I integrated this transcultural identity, in a time when was very interested in the concepts of alchemy, I read in an obscure paperback edition adapted for amateur alchemists that there are many worlds, but all exist within this one. Although I never pretended to understand the deep implications of such a statement, it stirred within me an ancestral and profound evocation that without a doubt, determined the search that is present throughout my artistic practice. To me, the lifework of the visual artist is in fact that: to remain open to capturing glimpses of those other manifestations of reality that coexist, that wander around us, and keep expanding our ability to let them find us.
The creative act and its healing possibilities belongs to all of us. It has being used by humans since the beginning of time. We are creative creatures by nature and we crave the vitality that the process sparks within us. Expressive Arts Therapy explores the healing power of our creative force through the art-making process. No artistic "talent" or experience is required. Using the power of imagination we tap into our inner resources, and in this way mobilize possibilities for healing and integration of difficult/disruptive experiences. The sessions may seamlessly move into a deeper, highly symbolic state where the power of ritual (even myth!), play and imagination take over. The intermodal quality of this type of therapy taps into our core in the subtlest of ways, helping dissolve emotional blockages. It is not about using the arts as a diagnostic tool, but rather as a vehicle for healing.
Expressive Arts Therapy nurtures our ability to find solutions within ourselves in a supportive environment free of judgement. No skill is necessary, rather, using truly accesible techniques with clay or even pencils and markers, a simple movement or gesture, or a couple of words emerging naturally, we can find unexpected gateways to exploring our life patterns and belief systems about ourselves and others. The simple and yet mysteriously profound arts-based process allows us to break through to those narratives that have contributed to generate stagnation in our lives. During a session the participant is supported in their process to reflect on the theme brought to the session or encountered in the activity. The art-making process becomes a vessel to navigate our perceived limitations and explore solutions.
In this way, the art opens a door to surprisingly new options. The insights encountered empowers us by bringing the discoveries back into our everyday lives.
The possibilities of Expressive Arts Therapy as method for healing are as infinite as creativity itself. It can be employed in one-on-one, group or community engagement processes.
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