Case Study: What is the Experience of Mindful Movement and Expressive Art Like?

I’ve created this image over 4 sessions of mindful movement and expressive art with Julia.

Amy

Psychological freedom

Amy has been attending Mindful Movement and Expressive Art drop in since March 2020, attending the first one in person. She then switched to online when Covid-19 disrupted our lives. She chose to keep working on the same image at each session. Amy notes that she’s able to feel psychologically free to be creative during the sessions:

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Seeing is believing: how an expressive art grief ritual helped me gain clarity and strength

Last night was the anniversary of my dad’s suicide in 1980. Most years I just ignored it and tried to carry on, but this year I decided to do a letter writing ritual. My ‘letter’ turned out to be a piece of expressive art as I followed my intuition and did what I needed to do throughout the process.

My expressive art ‘letter’ to my dad who killed himself 39 years ago.
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Power Up (2018)

In September 2018 I attended an art course: Graphic Novels Real Life Stories run by Ottilie Hainsworth at Phoenix Brighton. During this course we were invited to make a mini graphic novel, using an existing booklet as the structure for it. I chose a Ditchling Museum booklet and created something unexpected that I decided to refine and extend, so that I could enter the first twelve pages into a Laydeez Do Comics graphic novel competition (see my next project Pieces of Me). These images show the booklet I amended. It’s called Power Up.

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Insight (2018)

Insight (2018)
Colour pencils on paper
A4

I started Insight whilst staying at a friend’s house. During the course of my stay our relationship broke down and I felt triggered. I left and continued to work on this drawing, which took three weeks to complete.

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Perceiving (2017)

Perceiving (2017)
Colour pencils on paper
A5

Perceiving began with a circle in the middle of the page, which I used a compass to draw. I decided I wanted the picture to consist of circles, some of them incomplete, and I followed my intuitive urges from that point.

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The White Frame Series (2016)

The White Frame Series (2016)
Colour pencils on paper
55 x 50 cm

After graduating with a 2:1 in Moving Image, the desire to make art, for art’s sake, had gone.

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