27
Aug
 
 

dadbishamistry

 

 

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27
Aug
 
 

bishamistry-mountain

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27
Aug
 
 

avipatel_bishamistry

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08
May

 
 

fuji-in-progress

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06
Feb
 
 

Beneath

Lead pencil and acrylic on canvas

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06
Feb
 
 

Recovery

Acrylic on Canvas

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28
Nov
 
 

261113

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241113-from-one-peak-to-another

 

Mixed media on Canvas

 

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21
Nov
 
 

141113-Cataclysm

Mixed media on canvas / 30cm x 30cm

Cataclysm is an embodiment of force and destruction, fuelled by chaos and frustration, but also of strength, determination and transformation. The ability to endure such forces by finding a way to react and flow with them, instead of preventing, resisting or manipulating them, allows important processes to occur. These processes are necessary for the creation of new elements and the development of existing ones, crucial to change and progress.

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20
Nov
 
 

Mount_Kilimanjaro_Dec_2009_edit1

Image sourced from: http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilimanjaro

On a recent trip to Kenya I saw the great mount Kilimanjaro. My first glimpse of it was in the sky. I leaned my head up against the window of the aeroplane, eyes wide and growing eager in anticipation. Thousands of miles above the ground and into the clouds, there it appeared, the peak surrounded by a sea of white clouds. It was a perfect view, an image of stillness and serenity, which filled my heart with a deep sense of gratitude.

In those moments I imagined the rewards of being up there, standing on the peak, where the world could be seen from a new perspective. Having struggled through the numerous challenges and endured the experience, which was in fact, a pilgrimage to a fuller state of consciousness.

My second encounter with Kilimanjaro was from the ground. As we drove across the savannah in the early morning mist, I sat looking out of the window of the jeep, when the driver uttered the word ‘Kilimanjaro’. I focused my eyes into the distance and there it was, as vast as can be and settled deep into the earth. I felt centred, grounded and empowered in its presence. The whole experience left me feeling inspired.

Since returning from my trip my art practice has taken a new direction and appears to have become more dynamic. It seems that nature has made a lasting impression, as the theme emerges imminently through unconscious process.

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  • Changes

    Training to become an art psychotherapist has caused me to question everything that I thought I already knew about myself, about relationships and about art.

    Though I have a creative background, in my previous work I was engaged in the kind of art making that requires a high level of skill and technique. Now, though I still value skill and technique, I have learned to be spontaneous in my approach to art making. Because of this my paintings have become more expressive.

    Psychodynamic theory has given me some insight into the importance of relationships, especially how early experiences shape the way that we relate to others. This helps me to think more deeply about my interactions and recognise themes that arise in my artwork.

    I believe passionately in art psychotherapy as it is focuses on allowing oneself to access the creative potential that lies within, so that it can be expressed and explored safely within a therapeutic relationship. For a client this may provide insight, which facilitates recognition, development and strengthening of the self.

    This space contains a collection of artwork, reflecting some deeply defining experiences on my journey.

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