Tiptoeing the Line Between the Mirror and Myself...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Art and DID
Super tired but read this article on a woman, Kim Noble of London, with DID. She is using art as a way of therapy to help cope with her 12 different personalities. She says that "Painting is a way that some of the personalities can come together so it has really helped me. It is something many of them have in common and a way for them to bond".
Her artwork is incredibly interesting--all very distinct. One personality has anorexia, so a painting of her perceptions of reality and the mirror is shown. Apparently, a documentary is in the work and set to air next year.
Personally, I haven't had that much exposure to art therapy, and honestly, I am a horrible drawer, painter, etc. I know the point is not how good you are at it, but that type of art was never for me. However, art therapy does help many individuals in dealing with pain, grief, and other mental health issues. Just like many of us use metaphors for explaining how we feel, art is similar but on a visual scale.
Do any of you do art (I know several bloggers off the top of my head)? Is it for therapy, personal expression or something different?