“I have an idea, then the work helps me finish the thought” – Sarah Bush
Sarah Bush works quietly in her studio, which is also a quiet palette of light neutrals – her colourful clothes jump out as she moves in her environment. Many of her paintings are also quiet: almost monochrome.
There is depth in her work – she uses layers to represent time and memory and space. As a mixed media artist, she literally puts in delicate slices of nature into some of her work. Text is also important, too.
Sarah Bush at work in her studio
As always, my curator’s eye was caught by a visual throwaway, briefly featured – the bottle and water. It was one of many still photos of her works, and then was in the background in her studio. I love it so much, I made it the feature picture for this article, so you can’t miss seeing it.
What are you thinking about today?
Try taking it into your artwork (of whatever medium) and see if that process develops the thought.
detail: photo by Marvin Lynchard, of soldier using art therapy
Just read an excellent article on the website theconversation.com about how creativity is a natural way for the brain to help process trauma. Trauma by its nature is overwhelming – so the brain cannot deal with and store what is happening in the usual way. With normal events, memories are stored using words:
Creative arts have been observed to be helpful in particular situations: creative writing with refugees, drama with soldiers and photography with mental health of HIV/Aids affected women.
What do the creative arts offer?
help to people to remember and process the events
help the recaller distance himself/herself a little from the trauma to creatively share the experience with others
may help reconnect cultures divided by violence (e.g. drama)
it is often nonverbal, so aids those who struggle to find words for their emotional reactions
help without drugs and medicinal side-effects
an accompaniment to word-based listening, where appropriate
The article I read was mostly about the works/writings of Professor Bessel Van der Volk and his book “The Body keeps the Score”. Catch the article, written by Agata Vitale, Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/Clinical Psychology, Bath Spa University at: