More Than Human
Dry erase marker on glass
More Than Human is a socially and ecologically engaged art project with the intention of cultivating a deeper, more compassionate relationship between the more-than-human world and ourselves through the practice of intentional and attentive observation. Participants engaged in guided group art-making sessions, individual art-making that focused on awakening the senses and the body, as well as conversations and reflections about their experience. The project synergises with eco-art therapy, which attributes our collective dis-ease to the broken relationship with Earth and seeks to reclaim that connection. The journey is archived at @morethanhuman.project on Instagram and www.morethanhumanproject.wordpress.com. The artwork draws the viewers’ attention to the often unnoticed living beings just outside the gallery by marking out their shapes and lines on the window panes.
Eco-art therapy as self care: A novice female art therapist’s reflections on working with a male adolescent serving probation for sexual offending
Self-care is a pertinent topic for those in the helping profession, while the field of eco-art therapy has been emerging in recent decades. This thesis integrates both topics and aims to explore how a novice female art therapist can practise professional self-care through eco-art therapy, while working with a male adolescent serving a mandatory probation order for sexual offending within an institutional setting in Singapore. A qualitative, arts-based, single case study research methodology was employed. The research and analysis shows that practicing eco-art therapy helped the art therapist trainee to contain and reflect upon intense countertransferences, preventing potential burnout and compassion fatigue; remain present and attuned in sessions so as to establish a safe treatment environment and positive therapeutic alliance; recover and regain stability and the capacity to create response art. This thesis recommends that further research be conducted on the effectiveness of eco-art therapy as professional self-care in a different clinical or cultural setting, as well as on a larger scale, with a quantitative methodology.
Jan – May 2021
Singapore Anglican Care Centre
Art therapist trainee
Conducted individual and group art therapy for adults and older adults with mental health conditions.
Aug 2021 – May 2022
Singapore Boys' Hostel
Art therapist trainee
Conducted individual and group art therapy for male adolescents on probation.