Trauma and Memory: Healing Through Art

Trauma and Memory: Healing Through Art

Shirley Hayes

Abstract


 

Life’s traumas, whether major or simple traumas, create traces in the mind. These trauma traces, as physiological imprints or memories of past experiences, often dictate how we think, feel, and cope with life. Artists, including performance artists, often scrutinize memory and trauma as a means to psychologically deal with those experiences in their art and life. Their works are often cathartic, as in the accompanying script for a performative action monologue. With this text I hope to stir personal memories and provide a fertile playground for ideas that lead to creating rich works of art, hopefully with some catharsis for the creator.


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psychology: healing and art: simple trauma: memory: performance art: visual art: art education

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