Monday, January 25, 2016

Su Mei's Art Therapy Exhibition

I mentioned yesterday about Su Mei's Art Therapy Exhibition at The Mind Faculty that I went to on January 21, 2016.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis.


This is what Su Mei shared:
The exhibition was a process of me coming to terms with living with Bipolar Disorder 1 and the paintings and art making was a very therapeutic process for me. It also allowed me to express and recognize how I was feeling inside. Bipolar Disorder is a mood order where the patient experiences extreme highs and lows, which results in periods of intense mania and times of extreme depressive moods. Examples of famous people living with Bipolar Disorder are Vincent Van Gogh, Winston Churchill and Stephen Fry.
“A few of the paintings at the exhibition expresses the extremes. On one end, having boundless energy, flight of ideas, motivation and strength to do many different things at once, only to find a crash after which involves a lull of depression, lack of energy, stagnating in life. “
“Another painting showed an onion, the layers represented by the artist slowly having layers peeled off, revealing a new being emerging.”
At the end, there were two pieces of poetry read. One called “High” and the other “Low”. Both were written during the high and low stages of my mood disorder. This hopes to give an insight of how one feels during these intense stages of the disorder. Hopefully most will be able to relate to being happy and sad, but experiencing these emotions in greater depth causes someone who is living with Bipolar Disorder to be able to express the feelings more.

This was Su Mei unveiled, and baring her artistic soul. Very personal. Thank you, Su Mei for sharing.

Footnote: Su Mei left for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday to pursue her Masters of Art Therapy at La Trobe University. All the best, Su Mei!


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