Hello, my name is Roxane, I am a nurse, artist/ photographer, and most recently have found myself dabbling with turning my art into fashion (so exciting!!). I consider myself an advocate for the importance of good mental health for all. We all know the damaging impacts of not making mental health a priority: increased in addictions, crime, homelessness, an inability to manage stress, and lastly and most detrimental an increase in suicide... Like many, I have been through my own healing journey; it is through this I found that immersing myself in the creation of art to be profoundly therapeutic.
Why "abstractXflow" and what does that mean?
The name abstractXflow (pronounced “abstracts flow”) literally means abstract AND flow, which refers to the type of art I most love to create and flow indicates (in part) quite literally the fluidity in it. The concept of "flow" holds many meanings for me, but above all, it represents free movement, oppose to being in “frozen” state. It can also be described as "being in the zone", "finding your Zen", or immersing yourself in an activity in which time literally flies by. Unbeknownst to me, it is actually a professional psychological term. For those interested, I will write more on the topic in my soon to launch blog (coming mid 2022).
Art as Healing Modality
This is not a new concept; it is becoming more mainstream though. In both my personal and professional experience, creating art is an excellent way to help achieve overall relaxation, mindfulness, well-being, motivation, productivity and purpose. If you would like to try therapeutic art as a part of your mental health recovery in a safe, stigma-free atmosphere, abstractXflow will be offering a wide variety of in-person and online 'Find Your Flow' sessions for individuals and groups shortly!
In the meantime, I’ll be pondering my next art project and coming up with ways to make therapeutic art accessible for all.
**Note: Therapeutic art is not a replacement treatment for those experiencing acute mental illness symptoms. If you are experiencing acute symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.