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The Body in Art

November 13, 2014

Body silhouette example ~ Sara Roizen ‘Each body has it’s art…’ ~ Gwendolyn Brooks   A few months ago during our Happiness Art Therapy Group with veterans we used a session to explore mind/body connection. I believe that art therapy automatically lends itself to the physical and bodily realm; the tactile exploration of art materials and the way our hands,...

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6/7/14 mandala page ~ Sara Roizen “My mandalas were cryptograms concerning the state of the self which was presented to me anew each day…I guarded them like precious pearls….It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.” ~ Carl Jung  ...

July 27, 2014

  Sara Roizen ~ ‘The Family” ~ Woodburning   “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John Gardner   I don’t remember when I first picked up a woodburning tool. It was probably between high school and college. Perhaps I was strolling through an art store and stumbled across the pyrography section and thought ‘hmmmm I wonder what...

June 19, 2014

oil pastel & watercolor ~ Sara Roizen  “It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci   It was pouring rain as I headed deep into Brooklyn to lead one of my art therapy groups at a residential building for adults living with chronic mental illness. It seemed fitting that I had packed watercolor...

May 12, 2014

Beginning a forgiveness box with a quote To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~ Lewis B. Smedes The holidays tend to bring up complex feelings for many people. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Years, and other holidays seem to blend together during this time of year and there is a palpable energy...

December 14, 2013

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.   ~ John Updike   Collaboration I have been collaborating with another therapist for the past number of weeks and providing art therapy groups for veterans living in supportive housing. One of these groups is a smoking cessation group (or smoking ‘sensation’ as one of our clients...

November 17, 2013

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” (Carl Jung)   ‘Kali Dance’ acrylic & mixed media on canvas Sara Roizen For those of you familiar with the movie ‘Labyrinth’ (1986) by Jim Henson it’s a wonderful story and rich with relevant metaphors. It was one of my favorite movies when I...

October 6, 2013