Abstract: Finding Meaning in the Midst of Uncertainty
Transitions in life can be confusing times. Any time we go through change, whether bad or even good, it can be an awkward period of readjustment. These days, just hearing the world news can cause uncertainly in life. Things may seem unclear, discombobulated (yes, that’s a word, and I may even have spelled it right), or like they are going nowhere. We may have many unanswered questions for God.
Creating abstract art can be a way to embrace the unknown through the process of art. Although we have control over some of our creation (such as choosing colors, creating shape and movement), there is still some of the process that is not planned out ahead of time. I let clients know that even though we don’t know exactly how the project will look in the end, we can stay open to surprise, stay true to our own authentic expression, and allow our art to unfold into what it is meant to be. (Hmmm, so similar to life!)
Abstract art can be a way to paint our FEELINGS, CONFUSION OR QUESTIONS — all without using images. Instead we paint our feelings with COLOR and SHAPE. This is helpful for times when we can’t put images or words to what we are feeling, and even if we could, perhaps we would rather not.
Untitled by Jazmine
At one time or another, we all feel somewhat ABSTRACT or unclear. These are the moments we may want to represent with abstract art:
- In whatever art media you prefer or have handy, choose some colors to represent your feelings or questions.
- Take a deep breath and feel your questions inside your body.
- Let your feelings guide you as you paint or draw.
- After creating, try writing your thoughts about the moment or feeling and see if you have gained any peace or clarity about the situation.
In upcoming posts, I’ll share some of the ways that we’ve been teaching specific abstract art projects, including the Paint by Pour project pictured above.