How do you transform your pain through art
December 19, 2012 11:48 AM Subscribe
Do you express your pain through art? How do you do it?
Several people have told me to transform my personal tragedies into artistic expression. But how do you do this?
I have some difficult experiences I'd like to transform through art, but I'm not really sure what that means on a practical level. I'd love to hear how others have used art as a way to transform tragedy, how happy you are with the finished product, how this plays a role in your life.
- Do you paint, draw, write, do performance art for this reason? What about it is cathartic for you?
- How is the process reflected in the finished product? Are there certain themes that show up? Or do you do a Norman Rockwell scene that just happens to be part of your process of getting over something truly terrible?
- Do you listen/watch/read art to inspire you? How do you get into it, without collapsing in pain or making it too self-indulgent?
- If you've been to an art therapist, what was it like? What did they do and how do you incorporate it into your life?
- How much formal training do you have and what difference did that make to the cathartic experience?
(I'm less interested in famous examples, as I know of many. I'm more curious about the process and what it means to you personally.)