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An Arts-Based Inquiry: The Space of Labyrinth in Art Therapy

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An Arts-Based Inquiry: The Space of Labyrinth in Art Therapy

Hanson, Vanya (2015) An Arts-Based Inquiry: The Space of Labyrinth in Art Therapy. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Labyrinths are historical and cultural symbols that have existed for approximately 4,000 years. They are represented as both physical structures and in theories of the mind. Art Therapy practices can also be traced throughout the passage of time and often make use of symbols, archetypes, and the “unknown” in order to go deep into the psyche of individuals and groups. Many parallels thus exist between labyrinths and Art Therapy.
Considering the material nature of labyrinths and art therapy, an arts-based research approach seemed to be the most suitable method for deepening and expanding on my personal and therapeutic investigation. The results pointed to potential ways of using labyrinths metaphorically, symbolically, and practically in an Art Therapy context. The labyrinth exploration made use of numerous art materials and included four labyrinth visits and two approximately 20 x 30 ft labyrinth creations. The arts-based data resulted in the production of six 20 x 28 in. collages and one visual arts journal. The final exhibition, which included an outdoor labyrinth made with rope fixed into the grass, took place at Montreal West United Church on June 21, 2015, in honour of the Summer Solstice and as a way of sharing my research findings with the community. This paper focuses on an arts-based methodology and process-oriented investigation in order to look at the following question: How can an Arts-based exploration inform the use of labyrinths in Art Therapy?

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Hanson, Vanya
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:14 August 2015
Keywords:art therapy, labyrinth, arts-based research, heuristic, ritual, play, mythology, liminality
ID Code:980294
Deposited By: VANYA HANSON
Deposited On:17 Aug 2015 15:08
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 16:49

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