Yarn, wooden sticks, shells
100 x 100 cm
C. G. Jung understood the mandala as an archetypal image symbolising the wholeness of the self. Samoupoznavanje: Self-Knowing materialised as an artistic meditation to engage self-exploration, introspection and self-awareness through a mindfulness practice. The meditative and repetitive mandala weaving process endorsed a connection with the authentic self through exploration of identity, existentialism and various intrapersonal entanglements. As a tribute to her Croatian heritage and the humble fisherman’s village of Njivice where Michelle originated from, the natural materials of yarn, wooden sticks and shells were incorporated in her creative process.
Expressions of sexuality in art therapy: a single case study of an older Chinese Singaporean male
This thesis contributes a qualitative practitioner-based single case inquiry into sexuality in Singapore, serving as an examination of sexual expressions of older adults within the context of psychodynamic art psychotherapy in a local seniors care centre. Expressions of sexuality were explored through a culturally-informed art therapy practice with an analysis of artworks, subtle nuances and clinical impressions within the therapeutic encounter, including but not limited to behaviour, personal presentation, verbal expressions, transference and countertransference, and the ongoing therapeutic relationship. As an art therapist in training with an inclination towards psychodynamic theory, I obtained awareness of the complex and oftentimes unspoken, unacknowledged, and perhaps unconscious sexual dynamics being manifested and expressed within the therapeutic encounter. Having an understanding of clients’ expressions of sexuality not only leads to a more informed practice, but also allows the art therapist to navigate the complexities of the therapeutic relationship in a productive and meaningful manner.
Community centre for adults
Art therapist trainee
- Facilitated individual and group art therapy sessions for adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.
Senior care centre for older adults
Art therapist trainee
- Facilitated individual and group art therapy sessions for older adults with dementia and other ageing-related conditions.