From time to time we augment our writing circles inside prison with art-making. These mini-projects take many forms; yet, however simple, they have one feature in common. Art in any form allows women to access feelings that often sit deeper than words, even deeper than conscious awareness of their existence. Almost universally, sharing the artwork around the circle at the end of our time together permits an ‘aha’ connection. The experience has taught the woman something about her inner process or her world view. And more often than not, this ‘aha’ leads to a new understanding of what is needed, now.
The mandala below, completed by NL during a recent session, places into focus the whole of her intentions in response to this prompt: ” A mandala is a sacred circle containing an image or message of wholeness for your life – to inspire you, to live by. Use words that feel strong and true, that remind you of the possibilities of living a whole life, neither in the box nor given entirely up to fate.”
4 thoughts on “the value of personal art”
Please know that I offered a prayer today for the woman who drew this as well as all those in prison to whom you minister.
God bless your work and these women. Please let them know that I pray for them.
Many thanks, Larry. Your prayer/sentiments will mean so much to this ‘inside’ woman-artist. Be well.
This venue offers each and every person a voice, a sense of dignity, a chance to somehow make something right in their individual lives. Every person no matter how many wrongs have been made, have the opportunity to love — a simple act of dignity can bring grace and peace through Christ Jesus.
“This venue offers each and every person a voice, a sense of dignity, a chance to somehow make something right in their individual lives.”
Susan, I so appreciate your description (above) of our overall aim. Well-stated! Thanks for being in touch.