Ocean Painting Experiments and Art Therapy
I am working on a complex project in art therapy. I started with the idea of build a square of ocean out of plaster casting. In the center of this ocean is a silhouette of destroyer and surrounding the ship is waves crashing in from all sides. Conspiring to destroy. The idea evolved to putting the entire block of ocean and ship inside a box, painting the walls of the box with ocean, placing a red flashing police light inside, and only allowing the viewer to view into the box through binoculars. Additionally, the viewer would also be required to wear headsets playing a recording beginning with ocean noises which gradually become more extreme and filled with screaming. I am considering including the audio from the rape scene in irreversible.
My art therapist, with some resistance on my part, taught me how to paint simple ocean waves. The following week I picked up paints, canvas and began painting on my own. Unlike the art piece as a whole I found painting ocean scenes very soothing.