‘I am a painter and art therapist’ Dominique Evrard usually says and, yes, it’s increasingly common to start painting after suffering some psychological instability. Why?
Years ago, I went to a famous painting academy in Madrid. Very many students of all ages. Most were young students who wanted to pass their entrance in the Academy of Fine Arts…, happy people. Another group consisted of adults who had made their hobby of painting…, relaxed people. However, the academy worked with some psychologists and they sent stressed or depressed people. At first, I was surprised: to paint under a method (and we were all of the time copying classic sculptures with charcoal) can stress too, because you are angry if the result is bad. I always thought ‘why not let them paint free? So, they could relax and express their unconscious world’. It’s true sometimes they were angry (as the happy and relaxed students) but most of the time they were satisfied…, proud of their final draw.
I’m speaking of a distant experience, and I suppose a current art therapist uses other methods. Anyway, I learnt about the benefits of painting. We live in a busy time, a fragmented time, and we never perform a complete job. If we are able to strive and end a draw…, it can be fantastic!
Dominique Evrard is looking for her soul, her paintings are subtle, as our souls. Full of stains, of forgotten signs and symbols, of news and events which went with the wind but remain in our dreams. Clear pictures of a woman who has wanted to help others. She had left her paintings outside the market (no commercial) but every day, during years, she has been deepening in the meaning of art and, now, in the end, they are unique works of a unique person = painter + therapist: ergo, someone who has travelled to the other side of our reality.
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