Self ex­pres­sion through art

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Book -

ART is reg­u­larly used as a way to chan­nel and bet­ter un­der­stand what goes on inside one­self.

Fol­low­ing that theme, the Ex­pres­sions of Growth ex­hi­bi­tion will open in Fre­man­tle to­mor­row, with a col­lec­tion of art cre­ated by a group of eight peo­ple show­ing their growth and men­tal well­be­ing through coun­selling.

Coun­selling psy­chother­a­pist and cu­ra­tor Rosie Smith said putting to­gether the ex­hi­bi­tion was a cre­ative jour­ney for the group of peo­ple un­der­go­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal change.

“As th­ese peo­ple have been able to work with their chal­lenges and un­cover new ways of be­ing, so too their cre­ativ­ity has been un­cov­ered and the re­sult is their amaz­ing art­work,” she said.

“Be­ing a par­tic­i­pant in the ex­hi­bi­tion is an ex­tremely ther­a­peu­tic ac­tion for th­ese peo­ple as it is another step on the jour­ney of be­ing who they are.

“Many peo­ple will say that it is the act of pro­duc­ing art along with this state of mind that is so ben­e­fi­cial to the per­son and it is, in ef­fect, an ac­tive med­i­ta­tion.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at Wild Twig Stu­dios from Septem­ber 10 to 24.


San­dra Squires, di­rec­tor Carol Hazel and coun­sel­lor Rosie Smith.

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