Thursday, December 30, 2010

Street Art Finds Me

I went home for the holidays & during my visit my mom and I went to NYC to see my aunt and explore! During the trip I came across 5 Pointz- "Graffiti Museum" in Queens! Even though I've been to Queens many times to see my Aunt, I'd never seen this vibrant collection of street art on a huge warehouse that incloses artist's studio, so cool. Like all kinds of street art, this no different: are stored like files in my brain. This whole concept of street art & art therapy is continuing to evolve for me and I'm 100% sure I'll be doing my thesis on this. (More exciting news on this topic will be posted shortly.) For now, some pictures!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Slideshow of Postcards!

International Postcard Art Exchange Update!

A couple days ago I decided to sit out on my balcony on a sunny day and finished all my postcards! I absolutely love this experience! I sent out all my postcards yesterday & it was such an awesome feeling! I'm excited for everyone to get a postcard from me & I'm excited to see the surprises in my mailbox from other art therapists/students from around the world.

ALL of these postcards are recorded in my facebook album, so make sure to add me & check each one out! I made a total of 26 postcards, two extra for a couple friends from Marywood that went on to graduate school for Art Therapy (Alexandria, VA & Portland, OR) The rest were all assigned to me from ATWB from the following places: Lakewood, OH, Beverly Hills, MI, Seattle, WA, Plainville, CT, Saint Louis MO, Buena Vista, CO, Sarasota, FL, Dallas TX, Newmarket, NH, Carmel, NY, Marietta, GA, Astoria, NY, Annandale, VA, Mayfield Heights, OH, Peabody, MA, Mississauga, ON, Bundoora Australia, Castanheira do Ribatejo Portugal, Tseung Kwan O.N.T Hong Kong, Kingston Jamaica, Lancashire UK, Singapore, Piario Italy.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sacramento Artwalk!

Opening night for the juried NorCATA member only art exhibit Soul Awareness at the Old Weatherstone in Sacramento!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

To Write Love on Her Arms Day

I just wanted to take some time to write & reflect on this awesome non profit movement- TWLOHA & their awesome vision. I love the video below: individuals express how the stigma of depression, addiction, or any mental health struggles can really prevent people from getting help. This group exists to share with you the vision that you're not alone. This stigma must be broken. Just as people struggle with diabetes or asthma, those with mental health struggles are no different, you were born this way. It is so strange, our world. That mental health has this stigma. To Write Love on Her Arms's vision is that collective community and hope can replace secrets and silence. The vision is that you were created to love and be loved, and that your life matters so much! The vision is to reduce the suicide rate. The vision is hope & that hope is real. You should never have to feel like your on your own. TWLOHA exists to promote finding help and treatment for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. If you know anyone suffering from any of these, tell them about this movement. Your life is worth fighting for.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Ocean

2 1/2 months in CA. I just realized I haven't posted anything about the move to California! Even though I miss everyone from back home, esp. my mom, I do really love it here. It's the change I needed. Seeing the world & traveling is so important to me & has changed me so much. I just have the tendency to not like to be in one place for a long time. I think it's just how I'm built! I absolutely love San Francisco... it's probably the coolest city ever. & since I live in south bay, I get lots of sun rays & I'm super close to the ocean. Who knows where life will take us! We are still getting school/jobs/life all figured out, so we've been busy with little "adventure" time. This area is perfect for TK's career esp., I'm so excited for him! I love grad school, I'm learning SO much. I'm really excited about this journey.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"I know, I know for sure. That life is beautiful around the world.. "

New Painting: spray paint on fabric ©2010 ℕO⊻∧

This painting is inspired my yoga, art therapy, music therapy, & universality.

Trauma & The Brain

This weekend is dedicated to finishing my research paper on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I was happy to get this topic because I've done lots of research and papers on PTSD, trauma, and the brain. Also, I have recently read a book called, "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog", Child Psychiatrist Bruce Perry really grabs readers with his stories of the children he works with. He describes how trauma effects the development of a child's brain and completely alters the brain's chemistry. He brings up ethical dilemmas and is very humble in admitting his own struggles and not always knowing what to do - something I really admire. Something I found so interesting was: he uses art therapy without even knowing it. In order to get on the same level as these children who are very scared and intimidated by adults, strangers, and all men in some cases. He uses art, while sitting on the floor, drawing with these children in the first sessions, to gain comfort, trust, interest, etc. Something that just cannot be done instantly through talking. Okay, back to my paper!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

NDNU Art Therapy

If your going to the Art Therapy conference, you will get to see two of my paintings now! Yesterday I took some time to make the NDNU Art Therapy banner for our school's tent at the annal Art Therapy Conference! I had a lot of fun making it, & a friend helped me cut out the lettering to glue on! I liked having someone interested in collaborating. I think it would be fun to things like that more with the school but that's just me being artsy me. Art therapists out there: stay true to your roots... don't make up excuses why you can't create art. You can do both!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Amon Tobin

I got to see Amon Tobin live for Halloween this year! His music is mesmerizing.

Amon Tobin

I like the the jazz bass sounds with drum n’ bass rhythms

Friday, October 29, 2010

International Postcard Art Exchange- November 2010-April 2011

I received about 25 national and international addresses of art therapists or art therapy students! We get to exchange handmade art postcards! This exchange is put on by Art Therapy Without Borders
and is a fun and creative way to network with other art therapists! I love getting mail, it's much more personal than emails, etc. I sent my first postcard (the one above) to ATWB and they will be posting the postcards they receive on their facebook. Also, I will be documenting the experience on my blog! I will post my postcards as well as the ones I get in the mail! Keep posted!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Guess What!

©2010 ℕO⊻∧ "The Echo of Souls", Spray Paint on fabric
I just found out this painting is selected for the NorCATA member only art exhibit Soul Awareness at the Old Weatherstone in Sacramento. during the Annual 2010 American Art Therapy Association Conference, art walk Nov. 5th. Very excited to be apart of it, such a beautiful theme for an art show! Make sure you come to the art walk if your attending the conference!

Description I wrote for the show about my painting and how it relates to the theme of the show:
"It all starts with the optimal experience, also known as "flow", a powerful force inside us that keeps us coming back to our projects. Where we tend to 'zone out' and put our entire selves into whatever we're creating. Through creativity we can clear our minds, we reach into the depths of our Being and find hope, love, truth, and peace. We reach epiphanies, new levels of consciousness, and insights that keep us in touch with our soul. In the moment of creating and looking at this painting, I feel so alive. As artists we have the opportunity to visually manifest the beauty of our souls anytime we choose. This painting for me, is a small discovery of beauty and I hope the painting resonates in you, too."


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