This is the most recent project in my History of Art Therapy: Current Trends class at Southwestern. The assignment was started in class, and finished at home. Inspired by Lori Mackey’s “Sole Impressions” project, shoes created by cancer survivors and their families at the Wellness Center in Chicogo, as well as Chun-Shan Yi’s article “From Imperfect to I Am Perfect,” found in Moon’s Materials in Art Therapy, this project included artistically representing one’s personal journey on one shoe, and the projected journey of the student’s population of choice on the other shoe. Students used plaster, paint, sewed on objects, sharpie markers, stones, wire, found objects, personal objects, magazine pictures, and more. Many found parallels between their personal journey and their understanding of their population’s possible journeys.
Questions to ponder: How do we walk in our own shoes? Where have our shoes taken us? What have we left? Where are we going? Where have our clients been? Where are they walking to? What are we all tripping over? Or kicking? Do these shoes still fit?