Creative Insights: with Louise Mustard

~ Michelle Saleeba

Perth artist and art therapist Louise Mustard joins us for this week's Creative Insights conversation, which I have to confess is a written down version of our not regular enough chats about all things creativity, art therapy and counselling. In fact, it was these wonderful sharing of knowledge and experiences conversations that inspired this blog series! I hope you enjoy Lou's insights and artwork as much as I do.

Michelle Saleeba: It has been said that creative work is fundamentally tied to our sense of vitality and wellbeing. Why do you think this is?

Louise Mustard: It is natural for humans to express ourselves creatively. From very early history it has been an important part of how we see ourselves and relate to others and the world around us. In modern western society we have lost a lot of the rituals that help to bind us together or reinforce how we see the world, and the arts have been seen by many as something only a few skilled and trained people can engage in. A lot of people feel discouraged from expressing themselves creatively and language can be limiting when you are dealing with emotions that you don’t fully understand, or that you may not even by consciously aware of. Creative expression allows you to get things out in a way that is beyond words and when you have externalised them you can look at them from a different perspective which can provide valuable insight.