Ariel Coburn

Thus I sought services from the clinic my senior year so I could learn more about the therapeutic process. Art therapy not only helped with my self-expression, but regulating my emotions. Life transitions are my greatest vice as someone on the Autism Spectrum, but the safe space that was the clinic helped me feel validated and therefore work through those feelings with various mediums, sand being my favorite.

The artists, or works that I admire are those that capture disability justice, specifically those by Sir Anthony James “Tony” Heaton, a British sculptor and prominent figure in the Disability Arts Movement. His best known installations are, “Great Britain from a Wheelchair (1994),” which depicts a map of the United Kingdom using one NHS wheelchair, and “Gold Lamé,” which depicts an Invacar, or specialized vehicle for wheelchair users. What I admire most about Heaton’s work are how he used humor as a coping mechanism as a survivor of life changing injuries, giving it a therapeutic quality that is resemblant of art therapy practices.


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