|Posted by Anna Belleforte on March 14, 2018 at 5:50 AM|
I read an article about how a therapist discovered early on in his career that many patients benefitted most (so said the patients) from seeing their process visualized. He drew horizontal lines to describe the levels of happiness and pain in one’s life and how the line of processing a trauma zigzags through that. For the patient it puts things in perspective and provides an anchor of understanding. This is interesting to me because it demonstrates how drawing things out can help to come to grips with complex things. Like a simplified city map or schematic illustration of its public transport. In some ways, my ‘painting it out’ is a way to understand urban complexities. Perhaps my drawing will provide an anchor in Budapest; I hope recording the places and spaces I see in this artist in residence experience will both ground and elevate me. Now I think about it, that's kind of the ideal for the making too: to make art that touches a viewer as well as lifting them in some way.