Within many of the pieces there was an indication of repetition and obsession with many of the same shapes and patterns being drawn or created over and over again. The processes that many of the artists had chosen to use, such as hand embroidery, hand drawn patterns and ceramics had clearly been a result of a meditative, yet obsessive way of working. This routine would have produced therapeutic and calming effects aiding illnesses such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
|Ryoko Koda, Untitled (1990-2000). The symbol used in her drawings is taken from her name in Japanese|
I found the exhibit incredibly beautiful as the pieces had clearly been created for the sake of the artist and not the viewer. Each piece had been formed as a result of a pure desire to express the self creatively, to the extent that one artist had stitched entire tapestries by collecting others' discarded threads.
I believe that the idea of art therapy could be relevant within my project and that it is possible to alleviate the battle between the mind and the body through art and design.
|Satoshi Morita, Untitled|
|Shinichi Sawada, Untitled (2006-10)|
|Shota Katsube, Untitled (2011), an army of action figures made out of the twist ties used to fasten bin liners|