Art as Therapy: Collected Papers by Edith Kramer

By Edith Kramer

Edith Kramer is without doubt one of the pioneers within the box of paintings treatment, recognized and revered during the global. This choice of papers displays her life of paintings during this box, displaying how her ideas and perform have built through the years. She considers a large spectrum of matters, masking paintings, paintings remedy, society, ethology and scientific perform and putting paintings remedy in its social and historic context. Drawing on her very enormous own adventure as an paintings therapist, Kramer illustrates her conviction that paintings making is vital to perform and cautions opposed to making phrases basic and paintings secondary in paintings therapy.Art as remedy bargains an extraordinary perception into the private improvement of 1 of the world's top artwork therapists and the improvement of paintings treatment as a career. it'll make attention-grabbing studying for somebody attracted to paintings treatment.

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CHAPTER 7 The Art Therapist’s Third Hand Reflections on Art, Art Therapy and Society at Large1 In this chapter I will pursue ideas that have been my concern throughout a long career in art and art therapy: the relationship between art, art therapy and society at large. This chapter falls into three main parts. Part one is devoted to the realm of the ‘Third Hand,’ a metaphor I have coined to describe an area of the art therapist’s functioning wherein artistic competence and imagination are employed in the empathic service of others.

Then she handed Adam’s picture back to him. Zilzer’s drawing was so faint that Adam could easily have disregarded the lines or erased them had the suggestion implied in Zilzer’s drawing been uncongenial. Adam, however, chose to integrate the addition. He energetically colored the tail in the same brown that he had used for the bird’s body, and he colored the rest of the white paper in the same blue he had used for his sky. Thus the frame, in effect, disappeared, and the extended sky gave breathing space to the phoenix, now whole and truly in flight.

Either taking away or adding would diminish its quality. Work of such profound inner unity cannot be planned, plotted or faked. It can come about only through complex processes which engage the creator’s manual, intellectual, imaginative and emotional faculties in a supreme effort of integration. Surely all persons engaged in art in any capacity, be it as artists, art teachers or art therapists, hope for this miracle, which we cannot force but for which we can prepare the way and set the stage.

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