Doll Making

Dolls have been an ever-present practice throughout different societies across the world. The specific type or use for the dolls developed in response to the specific culture at that time. Dolls have generally been linked to feminine power and energy. Historically, dolls reflect societal roles, cultural values, or problems of a given time or place. They have also functioned as a way to transport healing energy, to invoke magic, and to create a physical embodiment of a prayer.

The history of making and using dolls can be used in the context of art therapy for a variety of purposes. Creating a doll with a client can facilitate an exploration of gender identity, childhood experiences, and nurturance. The tactile experience of making a doll can be used as a self-soothing process to externalize painful feelings. Dolls also allow the opportunity for play, which is more powerful when using self-created objects rather than store bought objects. This can allow a client to share a story with the art therapist or to explore a fantasy, both which will allow further insight into the client’s psyche and experience.

In these examples students created “wish dolls” as demonstrated in a video by art therapist Margaret Nowak. These dolls were created by wrapping yarn around fabric and embellished with other fabrics and buttons. In this specific directive the dolls embodied a wish or affirmation which the students connected to personally.

~Jenny Asaro, MPS Art Therapy Class of 2019

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Panel Discussion from ‘Innovation & Integration’

The panel discussion from our Fall conference has been posted.

Featuring: Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, LCAT; David Read Johnson, PhD; Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC; Jennifer Tantia, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT; moderated by Eileen McGann, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT.

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Good Art: Bad City: November 6, 2017

November 6 work session: getting ready for the public reception this Friday, November 10, 5-7pm.  Join us!

Bishop asks Nic and Michal to paint his background red, while Gennesis asks Kayley to finish outlining the art images flowing from her self portrait

Angel and Mary mixing an orange skin tone

Angel directs Mary and another SVA student to develop his MLK portrait

Samantha works with Nic on her “balloon”girl

Lamont and Juwan paint a fiery hot sun in a dark universe on their mural with Francesca

Gennesis paints details on her self-portrait with Kayley

Gennesis admires her work. On Friday she’ll invite the public to paint her spirals of art

Bishop, Jenn, Francesca, and Gennesis are proud of the work they’ve accomplished together

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Good Art: Bad City: November 6, 2017

Participants prepare for the Friday, November 10 opening.

In Good Art: Bad City, the youth of Artistic Noise direct and transform the MPS Art Therapy Department studio space into an assorted mural installation and pop-up shop, and invite the public to participate in this collaborative art project. Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.

 

 

 

EXHIBITION: November 10 – 30, 2017

RECEPTION: Friday, November 10, 5-7pm

LOCATION: SVA MPS Art Therapy
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Studio

HOURS: 
MondayFriday 9am-5pm by appointment, 212.592.2610

ARTISTS: Artistic Noise youth: Bishop, Tyrik, Gennesis, Eli, Lamont, Juwan, Davon, Angel, Dorothy, Samantha; MPS Art Therapy students: Michal Assif, Kayley Giorgini, Mary Santivanez, Jennifer James, Arielle Edelheit; Artistic Noise staff: Francesca DiBiaso, MPS, LP; Nic Holiber, MFA; Art therapy supervisor: Liz DelliCarpini, ATR-BC, LCAT

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Posted to our Vimeo Page: ‘Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration’

Image above from Jennifer Tantia’s presentation.

The lecture component from our most recent conference, Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration, has been posted to our Vimeo page.

Featuring guest speakers Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, LCAT; David Read Johnson, PhD; Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC; Dr. Marni Rosen, PsyD ATR-BC; and Jennifer Tantia, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT.

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Good Art: Bad City: October 30, 2017

The artists for the exhibition Good Art: Bad City are making progress in the studio.

Opening reception November 10, 5-7pm, 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Studio

Davon, Michal, and Samantha transferring imagery to the wall

Bishop assessing his work in progress

Bishop and Gennesis hard at work

Lamont, Liz and Juwan working together

Francesca, Juwan and Mary making progress

Nic and Samantha brainstorming

 

 

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Community Lecture: Seeing the program of Alcoholics Anonymous through the lens of Attachment Theory

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Select Current Exhibitions in Chelsea

Gallery: Red Bull Arts New York220 W 18th St.

Exhibition: Sarah Meyohas, “Cloud of Petals”, October 12th-December 10th

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-7pm

“Most Beautiful Petals”. Photograph by Lance Brewer, retrieved from edbullartsnewyork.com

 

Meyohas integrates sculpture, photography, virtual reality, and organic media in this two-floor experience exploring the subjectivity of beauty, the social construction of gendered labor, and the future of automation. There will be an artist talk November 16th, 6-8pm. RSVP required.


Gallery: Gagosian, 555 W 24th St.

Exhibition: Multi-Artist, “LA Invitational”, October 26th-December 16th

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm

Jonas Wood, “Landscape Pot 2”. Photograph by Brian Forrest, retrieved from gagosian.com

 

 

This exhibition displays a wide variety of works by Los Angeles-based artists Chris Burden, Frank Gehry, Piero Golia, Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Mike Kelly, Nancy Rubins, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Robert Therrien, Jeff Wall, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood.


Gallery: Pace Gallery537 W 24th St.

Exhibition: Claes Oldenburg, “Shelf Life”, October 13th-November 11th

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm

“Shelf Life Number 1”. Retrieved from pacegallery.com

 

“Shelf Life” is the first exhibition of new work by influential pop artist Claes Oldenburg in 12 years, consisting of small scale mixed-media sculptures inspired by some of his most iconic work. Oldenburg’s work aims to transform the familiar into the unexpected, challenging our relationships with everyday objects.

 


Compiled by MPS Art Therapy student Jess Lissenden

 

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Junk Sculpture

Creating a sculpture from junk is a transformative and powerful process. Part of the process may include active engagement in finding objects from the person’s environment, which allows meaning to develop as the client selects junk which they identify with or are attracted to. The client may also be presented with junk that was selected by the art therapist, with the intention of representing an environment familiar to the client.

Upon construction, the client has the opportunity to rework the objects which were previously discarded into an art product. This art product can result in an embodiment of pride or beauty, which speaks to the process of changing something unsavory into something desirable. Using junk materials to make art can be especially powerful for populations which may identify with being “discarded” such as those who are marginalized in society. In the context of the student examples, the directive for the project was to represent qualities of the self which are disowned. The materials used were a combination of objects found by the students and those presented to the class.

~Jenny Asaro, MPS Art Therapy Class of 2019

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Good Art: Bad City: October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017:

Artistic Noise youth, staff, and MPS Art Therapy students work together.

Good Art: Bad City‘s opening reception will be November 10, 2017, 5-7pm.

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