To feel is the art of being alive.
My aim is to inspire people to live freely, taking a risk to live their lives beauti(fully). I want to facilitate growt through awareness and presence, and connection with direct experience of deep feelings, that function as an inner compass and a source of vitality.
Art liberates, art enriches, artistry can be found even in the way we feel. To see the artistry in your sadness is to lift it up to another level. Aesthetic experience of your emotions and your self transforms them. It is the greatest form of acceptance celebrating the uniqueness of experience. Artistic expression liberates us from our constant grasping and rejecting, showing a new possibility of fulfillment: one that comes from the depth and completeness of experience rather than only from pleasant and positive sides. Compositionwork can be seen as abstract expressionism: all aspects of your self and emotions are expressed in an abstract artistic composition.
My dissertation on emotions as factors of change
In my investigation I explored how emotions change the sense of self and motivation. You can experience yourself totally different under the influence of different emotions. Different emotions are also sources of different kinds of motivation. Emotions are great factors of transformation and as such can be used in practices that support personal growth. For example accessing core feelings may reorganize and innovate the self, give new energy and motivation. In my dissertation I developed two lists of words that help to explore emotional experience and emotional awareness.
After my dissertation my work became focused on the development of a method that uses nonverbal symbolic language to express the inner world. The language of colors, structures and patterns is especially suitable to access and express affective experiences, since the right hemisphere that is responsible for emotional processing communicates via nonverbal channels. While the affective dimension is expressed in a nonverbal way, its further verbalization helps to formulate its meanings and messages. Compositionwork brings together the potential of abstract art and the contemplative-aesthetic tradition of Japanese Zen gardens on the basis of a firm psychological scientific background.