I have been researching ideas based around art therapy, because I consider my work to be based around this idea. Art is a form of self expression so in many ways all artist use art therapy on themselves. I specially was born with a life threatening illness that has caused me to have a lot of trials in my life time. One of the ways that I have learnt to deal with this is through photography, my work last semester was a really big step in where I want to head as a photographer but it was also a really big step in helping me deal with my illness. I love the idea that people who are suffering because of something they can't control being able to produce something that is powerful and honest. I often feel that true honesty comes out of suffering.
My work this semester was influenced by an art therapy idea that I had read online. It is called transformational self portrait and the idea behind it was that each person goes through many life changes and some of these can transform us as a person, this task is all about self refection. In the first part you are asked to think of a past experience that still has a negative impact on you life to date, then think of what you would like to change about yourself as a result of that negative experience.
The second part is where you will create a transformational self portrait based on the experience that negatively impacted your life and cause a negative transformation or life change to your self. It is important to remember that you are creating this self portrait around the past self how you felt about that experience, it can be based around one aspect or can be based around the experience as a whole, it is a refection.
The third part is creating another self portrait but this time you are going to create a more traditional self portrait that reflects the self you are today. This piece should really be about where you are at in the present moment, has anything changed or have you stayed in the same mind.
The last part of this creation is a look towards the future. This self portrait asks that you step outside yourself and think about how you want to be, about how you want your life to be, and how you want to make that change. Think about how you are going to see yourself in the future after you have transformed and create a self portrait based around these ideas of yourself.
The way that I viewed and adapted this idea into my own folio was that I took the ideas of self portraits and the ideas past, present and future self's and changed that into the concept of organ donation. In the past these people have a horrible time/illness then the present comes where they are forever changed by have the transplant and when you take a look that the people who are donating the organs they are the future for patients on the waiting list. Each portrait is a self discovery.