I have been a dedicated process over product art therapist, until now. Now I am expanding into a process and product art therapist. It feels good. There’s some more breathing room. I love the art making, image making process. I enjoy the protection of the process being allowed to guide the image formation. I am committed to trusting the process to guide the end product. That was my main framework from where I worked and from where I guided participants in my facilitation. Then I came to be exposed to the radical notion of why not also embrace the product as well. What does that even mean?
I notice that as I place the art product on the same level as the art making process it feels right. I have not abandoned process for product, but rather created room for both to exist and compliment each other while providing opportunity for another aspect of relationship between art maker and art to happen. Is my facilitation of art therapy different with this added framework? The answer I get is actually another question. What would I want to change about the art piece that I created or the process from which it was born? This is the question that seems to lead to an art making and art product valued space.
No longer afraid of the word “product”. Now, it is process and also product.