- Dr. Mary
- United States
- I have been making art and design for decades. I have been a graphic artist, jewelry, furniture and clothing designer, painter and print maker. I’ve exhibited my artwork in numerous group and solo shows in the US and Europe. I am originally from Queens, New York where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Queens College. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Practice-based Doctoral Research Degree in Fine Art-Painting from De Montfort University in Leicester, England. I also hold another Master of Arts Degree in Education. I have taught studio art and design, art history, research, and education for over 12 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels, online and on ground. I live in Corvallis, Oregon. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Friday, March 9, 2012
What is Catharsis?Catharsis is a Greek word meaning ‘cleansing’ or ‘purging’.
The purging of emotions or relieving of emotional tension can be accomplished through the practice of art making for many people. It is the act itself, not the finished work of art that is cathartic for the artist and the image here shows that process. By drawing a portrait of my recently deceased mother, I am able to experience catharsis. It is a powerful exercise and I encourage anyone who is experiencing pain brought about by loss or other emotional stress to attempt to release that emotion through art making, writing, composing, or any other creative endeavor.