I am a recent graduate of an MFA program and looking into the art therapy field as a next step. I guess you could consider me an unofficial student at present time. At any rate I am intrigued by the discussion of creativity and Madness and would like to respond.
Forgive me if I am speaking out of turn, I would agree regarding the self-healing aspect of the self but I would also have to validate the point of view, based on personal experience, that at times the artistic experience does resemble the experience of mental illness.especially paranoia or depression. This has a historical basis in that art often been referred in corelation to melancholy. Also the experience that is referred to as the "artistic personality" is a surreal and stigmatic experience in most cases. I am sure that I am not telling you anything you didn't know but I wanted to dissuade you from promoting a one-sided view: ie;the purely positive view of the experience because I can attest the reverse, sad as that may seem.
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