ASEA: Art, Love

Weeks 5 & 6: Art, Love

In weeks 5 and 6 we engage in guided meditations as a means to flow into creative art work. In week 5, we begin by working in pairs to check-in with our partner what we have been processing and reflect upon over the first half of the project. We return to the group and choose a colour representing ourselves in that moment. These colours are combined with images of nature during a short guided meditation and the group are then invited to find a space in the room and work individually on a free flowing art work. An array of pieces is created during that half hour.

In week 6 we discover we have kindly been offered a space to present our work at P21 gallery, a gallery with a focus on art from the Middle East which serendipitously is on the same street, a few doors down from where the group meet. One of the curators attends to meet the group, participate in the session and advise on how to incorporate photography and images into the artwork. We also have an artist originally from Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria join us with the intention of collaborating with us for the final collective group piece.

In the opening circle we bring to the forefront our senses- sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. What is the first thing we think of when we relate our senses to our country of origin, the Middle East, to London or the UK? The group are then offered six large coloured pieces of paper representing identity, home, memory, dreams, conflict and hope- all themes which have consistently been raised. There remains one spare orange sheet of paper and they are asked to choose a theme this could be- they almost unanimously decide it should represent love. They spend 5 minutes at each paper during a synchronous individual and group process where they draw or write anything which comes to them when they read the associated word. At the end of the process they have created seven remarkable collaborative pieces of art work.