Art as Energy Work
Other worlds [are] invented in play, invoked in ritual, or fabricated in the arts
Life Force Arts Center is a space for spiritually-based visual, literary and performing art. By spiritual, we don't mean being of a certain religion. Rather, spiritual means working with the flow of energy and the energy field that surrounds every person, place and thing.
Many artists ground their practice in the concept of healing through transforming energy. This concept of energy healing is shared by many indigenous cultures, as well as the Asian world. For example, the acupuncture and herbs of Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine are based in balancing energy. The shaman's role is to heal through shifting energy, and shamans often have used the arts to accomplish this goal.
In healing from an energetic standpoint, we focus transforming the energy to a positive, healthy state. As Peter Abbs (1991) says:
Art should not refer to a series of discrete artifacts or what some critics call "art objects" but to a highly complex web of energy linking the artist to the audience, and both artist and audience to all inherited culture. (Abbs, 1991, pp.247- 248)