Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Pre- and Perinatal Expressions in Art

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Pre- and Perinatal Expressions in Art

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Over the last two decades, it has become increasingly accepted that the pre- and perinatal period influences many different aspects of our personal lives. In psychology, this is often seen in dramatic ways because psychologists are dealing with people who wish to work through personal problems. Being an artist, and having access to my prenatal memories, I have come to recognize that expressions of pre- and perinatal memory through symbolism and styles is a common element in many artists' work.

Once one starts to look for it, the birth symbolism is often obvious, but I think even more so, artists share in common, a feeling or memory state that they work from that has its roots in the pre- and perinatal period. The artist subtley expresses these early feelings in the shapes, styles, and/or myths he/she uses.

Through the process of working nonverbally, intuitively, and with a feeling sense, the artist often reaches a preverbal, memory state. When working with a regressive therapy method, these are the same things that the therapist tries to encourage in order to bring forth perinatal memories-to be nonverbal, but still aware; to listen to the body in a feeling sense for memory; and to accept intuitively one's individual truth. This is in many ways the same process that the artist goes through to create, therefore it should not be surprising that pre- and perinatal memory should be expressed in art.

Throughout history, there have been many works of art that express natal and prenatal experiences, some of these created for the collective consciousness to satisfy group feelings or myths, while others were created strictly as an expression of an individual's specific past. …

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