Art as medicine : creating a therapy of the imagination /
Shaun McNiff.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Boston : Shambhala ; [New York] : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1992.
description
235 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0877736588 (alk. paper) :, 9780877736585 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Boston : Shambhala ; [New York] : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1992.
isbn
0877736588 (alk. paper) :
9780877736585 (alk. paper)
contents note
Pt. 1. Context. Simple Beginnings. Shamanic Continuities. Attunement to the Archetypal. A Link to the "Art World" Psyche's Movement. Imaginal Realism. Artist and Angel. The Daimonic Tradition -- Pt. 2. Dialoguing and Other Methods. Loquent Meditations. Creation Stories. Responding. Talking with Images. The Value of Dialogue. Performance. Dreaming -- Pt. 3. Demonstration. Image Dialogues
catalogue key
3204212
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-230) and index.
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"This well-written book shows brilliantly the interplay between soul and sacred, art and shamanism, sickness and health. It is a mature product, combining lucid philosophy with hands-on experience, and contains profound insights into the human psyche."-Intuition
"This well-written book shows brilliantly the interplay between soul and sacred, art and shamanism, sickness and health. It is a mature product, combining lucid philosophy with hands-on experience, and contains profound insights into the human psyche."Intuition "The fast-growing field of expressive arts therapy recognizes Shaun McNiff to be its most perceptive pioneer and articulate teacher. Art As Medicine clearly displays his gifts and solidly confirms his reputation."James Hillman
"This well-written book shows brilliantly the interplay between soul and sacred, art and shamanism, sickness and health. It is a mature product, combining lucid philosophy with hands-on experience, and contains profound insights into the human psyche." Intuition "The fast-growing field of expressive arts therapy recognizes Shaun McNiff to be its most perceptive pioneer and articulate teacher. Art As Medicine clearly displays his gifts and solidly confirms his reputation."James Hillman
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Summaries
Main Description
Shaun McNiff shows how the expressive arts therapies contain the potential for renewal in both art and psychotherapy. Shaun McNiff first describes the theoretical for his vision of art as medicine, citing the archetypal psychology of James Hillman; writers such as D. H. Lawrence and Friedrich Nietzche; mythologists such as Mircea Eliade, Henri Corbin, and the British scolar Jane Harrison; and others. He then discusses his pioneering methods, including interpretation through performance and storytelling, collaborative creation, and dialoguing with paintings, as opposed to talking about paintings. Finally, he offers an illustrated examination of drawing, painting, and dreams, demonstrating how interacting with the products of the imagination can lead to growth and transformation for the healthy as well as the sick.
Main Description
"Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"-the themes, methods, and materials that interact with the artist through the creative process.Art As Medicinedemonstrates how the imagination heals and renews itself through this natural process. The author describes his pioneering methods of art therapy-including interpretation through performance and storytelling, creative collaboration, and dialoguing with images-and the ways in which they can revitalize both psychotherapy and art itself.
Main Description
"Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"-the themes, methods, and materials that interact with the artist through the creative process. Art As Medicine demonstrates how the imagination heals and renews itself through this natural process. The author describes his pioneering methods of art therapy-including interpretation through performance and storytelling, creative collaboration, and dialoguing with images-and the ways in which they can revitalize both psychotherapy and art itself.
Unpaid Annotation
McNiff introduces his pioneering methods of using the creative arts to renew and heal the imagination, such as interpretation through performance and storytelling, collaborative creation, and dialoguing with paintings, as opposed to talking about paintings. 30 halftones.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Context
Simple Beginningsp. 9
Shamanic Continuitiesp. 16
Attunement to the Archetypalp. 27
A Link to the "Art World"p. 44
Psyche's Movementp. 54
Imaginal Realismp. 66
Artist and Angelp. 74
The Daimonic Traditionp. 89
Dialoguing and Other Methods
Loquent Meditationsp. 97
Creation Storiesp. 99
Respondingp. 102
Talking with Imagesp. 105
The Value of Dialoguep. 109
Performancep. 119
Dreamingp. 128
Demonstration
Image Dialoguesp. 145
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 231
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