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“Art Saved My Life”

“I learned that an artist is someone who makes art to save her life.” Marlene Azoulai

Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic situations, providing renewed strength of our identity and a way to give voice to difficult feelings.

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  • July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I write, often – I paint sometimes. I don’t paint well, I just paint shapes and lines with colours and I don’t think about what colours I’m going to use I just try to feel what colour is right. When I’m finished I feel lighter – expressed feelings that sometimes are too deep for awareness. But it is good and it is healing.

  • July 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I found this very interesting. And can see what is being explained, because I have found in my self that my emotions do play a big part in the art I do. Thank you Connie

  • August 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I belive my art has saved my life, no doubt. I have done it for all the same reasons that is stated above. I write about this in my blog, with samples of my artwork too (The Phoenix in the Fire). Recently I have written a piece about how I began painting mandalas, compulsivly and instinctively, in an attempt to stop myself during a really severe depressive episode, from having a compleat mental breakdown.

  • September 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I relate your idea that ‘creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic situations, providing renewed strength of our voice’ to one of my Sickle Cell Anemia patients. I provide creative art experiences at a local Hospital. My patient reports that art transcends him above his pain and actually prevented him from taking his life. Looking forward to the art projects we have done during his treatments, in 12 different mediums, has kept him peacefully co-existing with his pain and while dealing with it on a daily basis. I used to say, “Art doesn’t save your life, it makes your life worth saving”, but now I believe it saved his. Thanks for the article.


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