Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s

Arts, Creativity, and Culture Committee

Mirrors of the Mind 9: The Psychotherapist as Artist in the Time of Coronavirus

 

Visual Arts Artist Statement

 

Email completed Artist Statement and JPG images of artwork and artist photo
(optional) as separate attachments to:
[email protected]
Please pay fees online!

 

SUBMISSION AND FEE DEADLINE: October 26, 2020

 For questions, contact Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.at [email protected] or (310) 458-3418 
or Pamela McCrory at [email protected] or (818) 999-4126

                                                                                                                                               

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

 

1.     INSTRUCTIONS FOR VISUAL ART ENTRY

You may enter a single image of any art medium
(e.g., painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, printmaking). 

Within your artist statement, be sure to include the title of your piece (or Untitled),
medium used, and dimensions.

 2.     INSTRUCTIONS FOR JPG ATTACHMENT OF YOUR ART

 Title your art JPG file as follows: last name, comma, and exact title of piece.

 Here is an example of a JPG title: Greening, Tethered Flight

 Choose the highest possible resolution for your JPG image.

3.     INSTRUCTIONS FOR ARTIST PHOTO (optional)

 

As a separate JPG file, please send a photograph of you, as the artist. This could be a
professional headshot, although we prefer a more playful or artistic photograph,
possibly reflecting your relationship to your art.

 

Send corresponding JPGs and Artist Statement (Word document) by email attachment to
[email protected]
Please send the images as separate attachments.
Do not embed images within the body of the email!

 

4.     INSTRUCTIONS FOR ARTIST STATEMENT

 As a separate Word document, type your artist statement of up to 350 words in length
and single spaced, in Arial typeface, 12-pt. font, as formatted below.

 

The focus should be on the psychological significance and meaning of your art. We
encourage you to relate your piece to this year’s theme: We continue to harness the
power of arts created by clinicians to educate, inspire, and promote reflection and
dialogue about power, privilege, racism, protest, and social justice.

 

[SAMPLE ARTIST STATEMENT
Be sure to include your degree, or student status, after your name!]

 THOMAS GREENING, Ph.D. 

Psychotherapy resembles art in numerous ways. When I am
involved in therapy with my patients, my goal is to free them from
whatever negative psychological states that have evolved into their
impediment to personal fulfillment and happiness, so that they can
embrace Life as the affirming and defining force that it is. I am
drawn to the idea that as I sculpt, I am not creating something that
had not existed before, but with my tools I am liberating the form
that heretofore had been hidden within the confines of the wood.
Similarly, when I explore with my patients their problems, at first
nuances are revealed during our early sessions. Later, the reality of
the quality of their existence emerges, and it is often grounded in
depression. My acceptance of their psychological state, be it
depression, mania, or anxiety, becomes part of me as I have
chosen to engage them, and they, me, into their private worlds.
With sculpture (and poetry) I am able to transform these acquired
emotions into a form that can be shared with others. For me, this is
one of the major functions of Art.

 

Tethered Flight
(Sculpture/assemblage, 12” x 12” x 16”)

This piece symbolizes the colorful psyche’s attempt to soar while
attached to a dull wood base. I chose wood as my sculpting
medium because it is a natural substance that Nature has provided
for our use. While wood has a practical, tangible use for our prosaic
needs, it also has a spiritual quality. My home is surrounded by
wood in the form of trees and bushes. It is all around me whatever
the time of day or my mood.

 

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