What is it about?

An art-based research study that explored whether art and art-making could be considered mediators for intimacy within personal expression. Certain qualities of intimacy were identified within art and art-making: an urge to move closer, embracing small details, layering, safety, transformation, borders and empty spaces, restrictions by limiting media and tension. Art as a mediator was found to provide an intermediate space and a transcendental realm and to serve as a vehicle of expression that could bridge between the physical and the imagined, integrate inner qualities, support differentiation, encourage witnessing and reconcile ambiguity and conflict.

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Why is it important?

Despite the common perception that intimacy is an interpersonal phenomenon, the study demonstrated how art-making provides the space and the prerequisites for intimacy to emerge, within an intra-personal search of intimacy. It demonstrates an art-based research the focuses on intimacy as an intra-personal phenomenon.

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This page is a summary of: Art as a mediator for intimacy: Reflections of an art-based research study, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, November 2020, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/jaah_00041_7.
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