Today in the therapy group we are working on movements. Drawing a shape evokes a certain feeling, and you can vary the speed, size and amount of pressure you apply to the chalk. After the exercise with straight lines, wave lines, squares and circles, the assignment is to elaborate on one of the feelings they are currently experiencing by using that movement.
She starts with the feeling of tension and uses triangles and straight lines. She experiences the feeling intensely and turns the page. During the discussion, she says that she cannot look after this drawing for long. It makes her very restless!
She starts a new drawing on the back.
She says it looks like a smiling mouth, but also a soft place, a pillow, a mattress. The round shapes and curved lines give her peace and softness.
While talking about her two drawings, it sounds like she has drawn what she needs with the second drawing when she feels like the first drawing. When I mention that, she looks at me with big eyes.
Wow, I hadn’t seen that before! Yes, that is actually true.
While she didn’t realize it, she found a way while drawing that helped her get out of the tension!
Through movement from feeling to meaning.
From abstract to concrete.
From unconscious to conscious.