Hi, I'm Jessie
I’m an artist and a therapeutic arts practitioner. I work with a range of people to engage, explore and express their experience in creative ways, using a range of expressive arts modalities.
I believe that there is an inherent connection between the expressive arts, the process of making it and engaging with it and our sense of self, our wellbeing, our ways of connecting with others. I feel that the arts can be deeply personal, but are universally relatable.
I believe that by engaging in the expressive arts we connect with our preverbal and pre-reflective self and detach ourselves from the limits of using verbal language and cognition as a way to communicate or make sense of things.
I work in ways to support people to learn more about themselves and provide a space for exploration through the arts, where people can make sense of how they live and consider how they might prefer to live.
The making of art grounds our body in the present moment and by sharing our experiences through art we cultivate the potential to bring people together in profound ways and express ideas about our shared humanity.
Expressive arts allow for the expression of multiple interpretations of the world simultaneously, allowing us to layer narratives and meanings in an effort to make sense of our experiences in a new way. Finding ways to share the arts and arts making helps us understand that we are all participatory sentient beings, who experience the world and make meaning in the context of our connection to each other.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of New South Wales
Masters of Therapeutic Arts practice. (Community Arts)
What is Expressive
Expressive Arts Therapy explores and observes feelings and experiences through the creative process of Arts making. This could be through, music, sound, movement, writing or art making.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Promotes self-exploration, esteem, understanding, and awareness.
Puts difficult thoughts, feelings and words into an art form, bringing it out of the body and creating a tangible object that can be explored. Big emotions can feel contained as they are held safely outside the body in the representation.
Gives residents a way to communicate their story in their own language, giving them ownership of what feels relevant to them.
Arts making is meta-verbal, it sits beyond words and more often arrives before them. It engages a whole body way of experiencing that often is sidelined by the rational, cognitive functions of our neo cortex.
The use of the materials themselves, can be therapeutic.
It can be liberating, as there are no rules. It’s a way to explore and play, without needing to start straight away with an answer.
There is no judgement of good or bad art, just an expression. The representation is not thought of as a product, it’s a form of communication. It doesn’t have to be aesthetically pleasing, finished or valuable.
Orientates the resident into the present moment. Seeing what is there for them in their current space. In this way it can reduce moments of anxiety or sensations linked with trauma.