Art Therapy Humour – “Getting us to think about climate change!”

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It amazes me, just how much can be communicated through a single image!  A single thought transformed into a sketch/drawing/painting/photograph can leave us thinking about really important issues and/or it can get us revisiting issues in different and imaginative ways. When we look at such an image, it can capture our imaginations and can have us searching for the subliminal messages the artist is trying to convey.  The images don’t drown us in a sea of words, they make us stop in our tracks and just think!

This year’s “Niels Bugge Cartoon Award” had illustrators and cartoonists from around the world submit drawings about a singular global concern “climate change” (Brooks, K. 2014).  There were over 1,000 entries from Iran, China, Syria, the U.S. and the host country, Denmark (Brooks, K. 2014).  The catalogue of 2014 “2.Niels Bugge Cartoon Award” can be viewed by clicking here.

The following are my personal favourites:

Pawel Kuczynski - Poland 3rd Price Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Pawel Kuczynski – Poland 3rd Price Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

NB:  For details about Pawel Kuczynski – please click here and go to page 13 of the PDF

Shahram Rezaei - Iran - Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Shahram Rezaei – Iran – Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

NB:  To view this image in the catalogue – please click here and go to page 81 of the PDF

Andrei Popov - Russia - 1st Prize Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Andrei Popov – Russia – 1st Prize Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Art Therapy Humour – “When you just gotta get it out!”

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During my art therapy journey, particularly in the early years, where I was using art to express pent-up emotions such as grief and despair; I found myself feeling just like this very clearer but simple illustration.  It came to me via my Facebook page from “Art Therapy Without Borders” and its caption is just spot on.  The act of painting and writing my accompanying painting stories did just this for me – “art therapy helps to get what’s in your brain out on paper” (Mead. 2014).

Art Therapy Humour "art therapy helps to get what's in your brain out on paper" Mead. N. - Art Therapy Without Borders 2014

Art Therapy Humour “art therapy helps to get what’s in your brain out on paper” Mead. N. – Art Therapy Without Borders 2014 – Artist:  ASAF HANUKA – Cartoonist and Illustrator http://www.asafhanuka.com/the-realist/#/viral/

I love its simplicity!  For me it clearly illustrates just what it is like to use “art for therapy” in three simple sketches and yep…have been here!

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