20.03. -22.3.2020 Tattoo Art Therapy / the Body as Canvas - (USA)
As an artist and a researcher I became aware of the connections between the iconography of tattoos and barcodes. I was shocked at the prevalence of barcodes tattoos, especially those branded on young women who are victims of sex trafficking. This had a direct connection to my art installations on genocides. My previous art on genocides include themes of individuals in a targeted group receiving tattoos against their will. This motivated me to create a visual response to these barcode tattoos. I drew and printed images to represent layers, which were transparent, allowing the viewer to see more than one image. The first glass image of barbed wire was sandblasted into the glass, and all three layers of glass had imagery in broken frames that had LED lights installed the base of the frame. This metaphor of creating light from the darkness also serves as symbol of memory and resilience.
The opportunity to create visual responses while conducting research can motivate art therapy professionals to become aware of the challenges and insights that can occur in arts based research.
Simone will touch on her present work on post historical trauma and border syndrome. As the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder grows, two related concepts have seen scarce attention: transgenerational trauma and border syndrome, (Kapllani, 2017). The presenter discusses these concepts and the work of artists and who create artwork to confront the implications of the past to present day situations
Prof. Dr. Simone Alter Muri, director/founder of the undergraduate/graduate art therapy/counseling, and art education programs at Springfield College (USA).
Lecture: Tattoo Art Therapy / The Body as Canvas: Motivations, Meanings, and Therapeutic Implications of Tattoos
Dr. Alter Muri's lecture focuses on her research of the intersection of tattoos and healing and how this can be important to art therapists. We live in an era where indirect communication is common and the relationship to others is less permanent. In a society where ambivalence is becoming common it is interesting that individuals are deciding to create permanent imagery on their body to make a personal statement (Larson, Knox, Patterson, & Markham, 2014).