In this essay, I work with the stories and artwork generated by a small group of visual art therapists who came together in a collective biography workshop. All of the participants, including the author, specialize in end-of-life and palliative art therapy. As a collective, we worked to bring our experiences back to our bodies through stories, art-making, and writing, to explore how working with people in the last days, weeks, or months of their lives affects us. In this essay I ask: What happens when stories paint pictures, and when pictures paint stories, to make visible our experiences of death, vulnerability, and love—experiences that might otherwise have been impossible to know?
Stories Painting Pictures <<>> Pictures Painting Stories: Art-Making in Collective Biography about Being an Art Therapist in End-of-Life Care
Jody Thomson is an art therapy clinician and educator at the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. Correspondence to: Jody Thomson, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Rydalmere, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia. Email: Jody.Thomson@westernsydney.edu.au.
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Jody Thomson; Stories Painting Pictures <<>> Pictures Painting Stories: Art-Making in Collective Biography about Being an Art Therapist in End-of-Life Care. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 23 September 2020; 9 (3): 28–47. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.3.28
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