THE  EXPRESSIVE  PORTRAIT


Finding Inner Peace in Times of Covid-19

The Expressive Portrait - Finding Inner Peace in Times of Covid-19 is a project documenting how to process feelings by bodily felt imagery using visual art

 

The project is showing my own process in practice. My motivation for this project was to bring my inner essence back to life. It had been buried by too much stress working as therapist during Covid-19 lockdown spring 2020

 

I made a series of Expressive Portraits and inner pictures, using guided imagery exercises plus dancing to carry the process forward whenever I felt stuck or was in doubts 

 

The inner pictures were a turning point: They helped to shift from feelings of frustration, discouragement and exhaustion to a state of authenticity, self-acceptance and wellbeing

with my final portrait in loving relationship
with my final portrait in loving relationship
looking at myself full of self-criticism
looking at myself full of self-criticism
where is self-love gone?
where is self-love gone?
why am I looking so frustrated?
why am I looking so down?
wanting to feel better
wanting to feel better

an inner sadness I can't explain
an inner sadness I can't explain
something is frozen in
something is frozen in
feelling tired and empty
feelling tired and empty
hoping for a change
hoping for a change

inner critic hello back!
inner critic hello back!
presenting myself in public: disciplined
presenting myself in public: disciplined
my feel of daily struggle
my feel of daily struggle
risking fun!
risking fun!

daring a smile
daring a smile
the inner joy is shining through
the inner joy is shining through
exploring what's holding back
exploring what's holding back
deep exhaustion
deep exhaustion

how I see myself during Covid-19 worktime: irritated and frustrated
how I see myself during Covid-19 worktime: irritated and frustrated

inner picture by guided imagery

imagining my customers seeing me: nourishing and encouraging
imagining my customers seeing me: nourishing and encouraging

inner picture by guided imagery

finding personal power inside
finding personal power inside
feeling supported by the Inner Advisor
feeling supported by the Inner Advisor

Welcoming whatever there is ... is the first step into the right direction to find inner peace and resilience. You can rely on your body sense and the life forward direction of creativity when tapping into this direction. It's an ongoing process, always open for the next surprize!


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