Eat, Play, Chill, & Repeat
21 x 21 cm
Eat, Play, Chill, & Repeat is the lived creation of the developing friendship between two art therapists in training, Bernice and Victoria. It is a culmination of their shared experiences over the two-year training journey. The organisation of images is reminiscent of the digital photo albums that are so currently integral to materialising collective memories. Through an intentional exploration together, the pair discovered how play and creative activities transcended individual differences and self-protective defenses. Eat, Play, Chill, & Repeat invites us to pause and appreciate our myriad relationships. It is hoped that playful expressions and relational connections can be deepened.
A single qualitative case study of mess-play and self-portraitures in art therapy with an 8-year-old girl with end-stage renal disease in a medical setting
This practitioner-based, reflective thesis is a preliminary single-case qualitative study on the role of mess-play and self-portraits in regaining autonomy of self in art therapy. It involves an 8-year-old girl diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD is an incurable, final-stage, progressive renal disease, where both kidneys no longer work as they should to meet the body's needs. Children with ESRD often suffer from loss of autonomy, poor psychosexual well-being and social exclusion. Psychosocial support is thus needed to preserve or enhance the child's quality of life. Art therapy sessions were carried out in a local medical setting where the client underwent haemodialysis. Mess-play and creation of self-portraits were introduced over an eight-month period. These methods were found to enable the girl to adequately express emotions about herself and her surroundings via art-making, suggesting that mess-play and self-portraits may aid the growth of sense of self. Given limited literature on the topic, these findings help expand current understanding of how art therapy through mess-play and self-portraits in a medical setting may enable children who require more psychosocial support due to conditions such as ESRD to regain autonomy and express and make sense of their inner and outer worlds.
Senior day care centre
Art therapist trainee
- Facilitated individual and group art therapy sessions.
2020 – 2021
Art therapist trainee
- Facilitated individual art therapy sessions for children and adolescents in a medical setting.