Emotions are complicated and challenging for many people to identify, label and effectively express. Words offer a glimpse into an emotional experience but sometimes can create a fortress, guarding others from seeing that which is most vulnerable. Art offers a backdoor into the inner workings of one’s unconscious. Art therapy can be a non-threatening way to connect and begin to approach this internal world. Through the therapeutic process, people are encouraged to grow the metaphoric roots of trust, self-awareness, strategies for coping with and expressing overwhelming emotions. These roots spread, creating stability and the foundations for self-esteem and self-expression.
Female Role Model Mural - Martin De Porres High School, Rockaways, Queens
The images below are from a mural project designed by a student at Martin De Porres High School in Queens, New York. It was completed in collaboration with Counseling in Schools through Project Hope NYC. The mural was created over the course of the 2013 - 2014 school year; it depicts a young female student who is passionate and determined.
Her raised fist symbolizes strength. She is conquering her education and stepping up onto books of knowledge to get ahead in life. She is a star. She strives to achieve, graduate from high school, and get her diploma. She encourages her peers to reach for their goals without fear, and reminds onlookers to fight to achieve their goals. She inspires her community.