I’m very pleased to announce that my article, Signs and Symbols: Art and Language in Art Therapy was published in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy this month. Here’s the abstract:
This paper is a preliminary attempt at theory building by exploring the use of art and language in art therapy through a theoretical inquiry model. Inductive and deductive processes are used to explore literature from the fields of psychology, art philosophy (particularly aesthetics), and linguistics. Concepts common to each of these disciplines are then further explored through the lens of bilingual therapy. Practical applications are discussed, along with suggestions for future research.
If, for some reason, you’re interested in dry, academic writing and theoretical inquiry, you can download the full text in PDF form. A warning: if you can already accept the notion that art sometimes functions as a language, then the “good stuff” really starts on page 28 where I start comparing art therapy to bilingual therapy.
Many thanks to my client who allowed use of her artwork. I think it really adds something special!