Wendy Phillips, PhD, MS, LMFT's blog
I am intrigued by the ways that artists receive their inspiration to create. Inspiration arises from emotions, lived experiences, mysteries of the human body, the surfaces on which they create their work, and the art materials themselves.
At the fall 2014 residency, we explored Deborah Koff-Chapin’s practice, Touch Drawing. We improvised and repurposed available surfaces (cafeteria trays, and cardboard covered with sheets of adhesive vinyl) as well as sheets of plexiglass. The surfaces were coated with oil paint, covered with newsprint and then we drew – from the unconscious using our hands and fingers.
When I prepared to travel to my first residency at Goddard five years ago, a colleague who would become a good friend told me that Goddard was like “summer camp for psychologists.” Now, as I reflect on my residency experiences, I realize that he was absolutely right.
(Painting at left by Cherie Crowninshield).
Nirodha Stearns graduated from the MA in Psychology and Counseling program in March, 2014. Here is his reflection on his expressive arts project:
"I completed fifteen "Soul Cards" spanning personal experiences over my lifetime as well as more recent work with individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders usually manifesting in substance abuse. They are a collage mostly of photographs I had taken.