This picture was painted in acrylics during the course of art therapy. The young patient, her mother and the art therapist followed up each other’s paint strokes in turn in an utterly spontaneous manner without foreseeing the final result in any way.
Art therapist and painter Ruth Nahoum supports children, teenagers and adults in individual or group sessions. She is an instructor at INECAT (the National Institute for Expression Creation and Art Therapy) in Paris, France. She writes papers and articles, principally for 'Art and Therapy' magazine and takes part in regional and international seminars and workshops.
Ruth Nahoum has a key role in the art therapy movement. The assistance relationship focuses on the procedural approach of artistic work: during the course of therapy, the individual progressively becomes the poet of his own existence. Poetry never aims at meaning, and yet, it can open spaces that will make sense of the world.