Art-Making as an Alternative Philosophy of Care During Emotional Crisis


From RecoveryandHope: MIA Arts Editor Karin Jervert gives a talk on the role of creativity in the healing process as part of the National Empowerment Center’s “Compassionate Approaches to Crisis” webinar series.

“Art is so much of how I can be here today. My story involves overcoming or integrating a diagnosis of bipolar when I was 21. Art was how I survived. So I’m a real, true example of my own philosophy here that art is so powerful in the act ā€” the journey ā€” of healing that we take in our lives.”

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  1. As a fellow ‘bipolar’ misdiagnosed artist, I agree, “Art was how I survived.” But when one has visually documented the truth about psychology’s and psychiatry’s iatrogenic “bipolar epidemic,” and one’s “great escape” from that iatrogenic harm. One does end up with “revolutionary art” … art that is “too truthful” for the ‘mental health’ workers.

    As a former art program co-chair and teacher, I absolutely agree art is a powerful communication tool, and is empowering for those who create. One of the art programs I ran was for underprivileged children. And I must say, I was truly amazed at the progress the children we worked with made. They went from copying our samples, to being truly creative individuals … as if we’d taught them to utilize a side of their brains, that they’re taught not to utilize in school. And they absolutely loved being able to create what they wanted with the supplies provided, as opposed to being told what they had to make. Or being told what they did was wrong, as is too often the case in the public schools, for the “underprivileged” children.

    Great talk, Karin.

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