Art as Therapy: Rebalancing

Few of us are entirely well balanced. Our psychological histories, relationships and working routines mean that our emotions can incline grievously in one direction or another. We may, for example, have a tendency to be too complacent, or too insecure; too trusting, or too suspicious; too serious; or too light-hearted. Art can put us in …

Art as Therapy: Sorrow

According to Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, there are Seven Functions of Art: RememberingHopeSorrowRebalancingSelf UnderstandingGrowthAppreciation Art can teach us how to suffer more successfully. Consider Richard Serra's Fernando Pessoa. It is encouraging a profound engagement with sadness. The outward chatter of society is typically cheerful and upbeat - confess a problem to someone and …