Studio as Sanctuary

I believe that studios and other forms of creative spaces are a healing and life enhancing environment for safe and authentic self-expression. Any physical space becomes a studio of sorts when “making” takes place. Studios are safe holding spaces that allow authentic self-expression. When one walks through the door into a studio space, one enters a sanctuary or what is referred to as “temenos” (McNiff, 2004, p. 30). I view “making spaces” as sacred sanctuaries of care and creativity. Art and music give form and voice to the sometimes "too much world" in all of our lives. This "stuff" of the world allows images to come into being. Moore (1992) titles the art and images and responses that are borne of too much world "tabernacles of spirituality and containers of mystery" (p. 301). Our everyday life experiences are expressed artfully when created in the safe sanctuary of studio.

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"I am not sick. I am broken.

But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint."

                                                         ~ Frida Kahlo