RE:Casting the Self
These images show the key points in my research process which focussed on dual and enmeshed relationships, impossible dreams, and bounded agency. The process looked at the actions that emotional states may drive for: from carving out the self, abandoning, letting go and a wish for destruction.
Ideas of deep-rooted annihilation anxiety, and the need for security and safety to be internalised run throughout. The culmination of the process was witnessing and surviving that annihilation.
Using such processes within Art Therapy can offer a safe and contained way to look at experiences that otherwise may appear an overwhelming threat to existence.
Media: Red Deer Antler, clay, plaster & vinamould
Title: Carving out(1-4)
Title: Left Behind(1-3)
Media: Clay, plaster, yoghurt/buttermilk/moss/lichen blend
Title: Change and Acceptance(1-3)
Media: Left Behind + Time and Weathering Elements
Title: Security & Safety (1&2)
Media: branches, leaves, ferns, moss, lichen and other natural materials, & plaster
Medium: Stone plaster & pigment
Medium: Stone plaster
Title: Annihilation Balance
Medium: Digital video recording – Nikon D3400 DSLR
Title: Witness & Survival
Medium: Digital video – Nikon D3400 DSLR & Phone Camera
Originally from Hull, Sarah undertook a Visual Art BA at the University of Salford, graduating in 2015. She already had a strong interest in Art Therapy and after graduation spent time working with adults with learning and physical disabilities before moving into acute adult mental health.
Sarah’s placements saw her working in a medium secure forensic environment, and an inpatient eating disorder unit. These offered vastly different experiences of Art Therapy and have furthered her knowledge and interest in both areas.
Looking to the future Sarah would like to expand her work further, with a particular interest in working within pupil referral units or with young offenders.
Copyright © 2020 Sarah Holich