Creative practice keeps us connected to the spontaneous and playful side of life. Creative coaching includes encouraging the imagination for such things as visualisation, free writing and helping you reflect on your story.
Visual arts and communication.
A Fine Art degree took me directly to the heart of creativity. Since then I have had creative spells that last a few weeks or months, churning out art with ink and paint, seeking new compositions, manifestations, shapes, letterforms, symbols of undiscovered meaning…. or photographing the amazing people I see in the street…
As a youngster I was mesmerised by the more pictoral lettering. I took short courses in design, calligraphy, gilding and heraldry and started a small business teaching and producing art. Whether using squirrel-hair brushes, gold-leaf on calf-skin vellum or black calligraphy ink on handmade paper, the traditions of sophisticated mark-making and graphical artistry holds a deep magic and presence.
On a Contemporary Fine Art BA, I spent the whole first year painting in oils on one large square canvas. I then had the opportunity to experiment with live art, presence, intersubjectivity and eventually, Bohm Dialogue. My final degree piece was film of me engaging directly with people in the town centre, through the lens, by handshakes and antics with long cotton thread.
With Dialogue I witnessed a group consciousness. It’s a very creative form of intersubjective communication, with thought and the spoken word as the tools, even tapping directly into live mechanisms of interaction and relational sense-making. During one session at uni, with about eight students and lecturers, I had the experience of witnessing what I can only describe as a large bubble of intuitive energy hovering over our circle, enveloping us all at the same time, accompanied by a feeling of congruence and love. This was a turning point and I was to incorporate Dialogue into creative self-discovery workshops for refugees and home-schooled children, working with the concept of gallery as learning space, funded by the European government. Many times I have experienced a group flow together and I’ve come to know it as koinonia, sohbet or ‘impersonal fellowship‘ (Bohm). My friend and colleague Hanne De Jaegher is an awesome researcher of intersubjectivity and participatory sense-making, you can see Hanne in a recent dialogue with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama here. Along with the rest of our team, we have been talking about bringing The Enactive Approach into dialogue and coaching.
After a further burst of colour, in 2017 I settled into black paint and inks in a return to the foundations of writing and communication. Intrigued by a diagnosis of Asperger’s, I began working with Dialogue in the autism community and formed Dialogica. Since then I’ve been plunged into the world of dialogue, relationality, communication and the endless potential for growth and healing that true dialogue can bring.