Redefining & Reframing What it Means to be SAFEPosted: July 29, 2016 Filed under: Art & Healing 2 Comments
What is safe, what is unsafe?
What does safety look like, feel like, sound like?
How do you know when you are safe?
How do you know when you are unsafe?
I ponder these questions as I go deeper into my work with little ones, grown ones, and the ones in-between. With dialog and art media we explore stories of struggle, threats to safety, resilience, set-backs, side-steps and efforts to move forward.
I created these sculptures from the same foil/tape method as used with the starfish and giraffe series. I will complete with acrylic paints once they are ready. For me, the shells represent a familiar, innocent and straight-forward form of safe space and protection. Often, in my clients’ experiences, there is no familiar, innocent or direct connection to this most basic need.
SO beautiful, the inclination to crawl inside the coils of a shell, gift from the sea….i cannot think at this moment of a safer place….
What a powerful and perfect image of safety! It immediately brought me back to my childhood gathering and collecting seashells on the Gulf Coast. The spiraling in such an important symbol.