Journal papers

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Peace Review

A Journal of Social Justice

Special Issue – Folklore Conflict and Peace 2023

The Artist as Ritual Maker, Creatrix and Magical Healer: Symbolic Artmaking and Participation for the Purpose of Cathartic Release

Abstract –

This paper will explore how ritual art making and symbolic engagement with magical, spiritual or faith healing objects could help participants to work through trauma and release unhelpful ways of thinking as a way of working towards personal peace. It analyses how cathartic release might be passed on from the artist to a future audience who may interact with ritually made art objects and asserts comparisons between ritual art making and the art therapies. Exploring elements from folklore, and historical ideas around sympathetic magic, and the use of materials and symbols associated with magical practice and how those elements can be reimagined in contemporary esoteric art works. Using examples of my own artwork created through enquiries into art-based research, practice based and participation research methodologies. I explore healing and trauma through the re-imagining of Goddesses, spirits and votives made to reflect cathartic release from unhelpful feelings or behaviours born from trauma experiences. Asserting that important contemporary issues around holistic wellness, and mental health issues can be positively affected by symbolic interaction with ritual healing objects through both creation, and audience participation. 

Keyword – art therapy, ceramics, goddesses, healing, magical practice, faith healing, folklore, ritual art, spiritual healing, symbolic making, sympathetic magic, trauma, votives, personal peace

LINK TO PAPER :

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WZCKG9ESU69GJ8N26EHQ/full?target=10.1080/10402659.2023.2190839