To hold and to be held
Cloth container with sequins, acrylic gems and plastered base
87 x 87 x 15 cm
To hold and to be held is part of a series of increasingly larger container artworks by the artist that parallels her growing capacity to contain and to hold. Inspired by her clinical experience in a palliative care setting, the artist creates a personal safe space, where she can fit in a foetal position, to feel held and grounded. It is a metaphoric place for her to rest and release whatever she is holding, either for herself or on behalf of others.
The colour white depicts themes of sensory rest, bereavement, peace and silence, while the holistic form conveys themes of rebirth. The interweaving of old and new shredded cloth mimics the artist's transformation and developing identity, while the reflective interior that shines from within symbolises inner strength and resilience. By inviting the audience to peer into the container, the artist illustrates how the MA Art Therapy programme encourages introspection and the illumination of the unconscious.
Illuminating the concept of holding within art therapy in a hospice setting: A qualitative inquiry from a Chinese Singaporean perspective
The aim of this qualitative practitioner-based research is to explore the ways in which the concept of holding might be manifested within art therapy practices in a hospice setting in Singapore. Reflective process notes, clinical documentation and the art therapist’s post-session response art were gathered as data from individual art therapy sessions with terminally ill older adults residing at the hospice. Data was analysed through a self-reflective stance, taking into consideration the art therapist’s psychodynamic training, theoretical stance and cultural identity as a Singaporean. Findings were presented in the form of personal narrative and clinical case examples, illustrating the five different ways that therapeutic holding surfaced within the clinical art therapy practice at a local hospice. The results not only made sense of the many ways therapeutic holding had transpired but also reinforced the idea that therapeutic holding is made up of two components: the creation of a safe holding environment and the regulation process by the therapist and/or art material.
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)
Art therapist trainee
Conducted group and open studio art therapy sessions for vulnerable domestic workers.
Aug 2021–May 2022
Art therapist trainee
● Conducted individual, group and open studio art therapy sessions for older adults with life-limiting illnesses.
● Conducted open studio art therapy session to facilitate staff well-being.