Between fire and thorns: cross culturally-informed art therapy with a Singaporean Malay adolescent female

Lee, Yvonne (2018) Between fire and thorns: cross culturally-informed art therapy with a Singaporean Malay adolescent female. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Between fire and thorns: cross culturally-informed art therapy with a Singaporean Malay adolescent female
Synopsis:

The Malay community in Singapore is a historically marginalised one. Art therapists have championed the need for the profession to examine how dominant or subjugating narratives are communicated through the art forms and themes that we engage in the therapeutic process. Given that race and culture is a fundamental part of self-identity and self-construal, this thesis endeavours to find out how a Singaporean Chinese art therapist, in journeying with a Singaporean Malay youth, may act to address the differentials of power and privilege which affect the therapeutic alliance in the art therapy space. An emancipatory action research-informed case study, supplemented by art-informed research, was conducted to address my research question. My findings chart the development of our therapeutic alliance and corresponding changes in my client’s artwork vis-à-vis the various stances of cultural humility I adopted. It also includes my reflections of the Malay subjectivity through my personal art practice. Insights and recommendations for art therapists working with this population are presented. This dissertation strives to contribute to the developing momentum agitating for cross-cultural competency in the art therapy praxis. It is ethically imperative for art therapists to be culturally-informed, stand up for social justice, to understand the nature of oppression, so we may truly see our clients.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 04:29
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 04:29
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/454

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