Interview with Expressive Arts Therapist Anin Utigaard

Here I’m sharing an interview I did for the Facebook group Artists of IEATA with my friend Nina “Anin” Utigaard, a founding member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association IEATA who is also a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, MFT, and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). She recently relocated to Ashland, Oregon in 2017 but has also continued her private practice in San Francisco. 

The Person-Centered approach in Expressive Arts with Lisa Anthony

In this interview, my dear friend Lisa Anthony, based in the UK, shares about her work as a Person-Centered counselor and Expressive Arts practitioner. I have added approximate times when we touch on several fascinating subjects.
1:00 Lisa’s professional journey so far.
5:00 Shamanism and age-old traditions, journeying to other inner spheres (without appropriation but with respect for different cultures)
10:30 The way how we experience the NOW is informed by previous experiences. Acknowledging our history.
12:00 Acknowledging the present for its own impact, without history.
14:00 Not judging our feelings but finding ways to feel them completely.
17:37 Using our emotions to make a positive change in the world, for example being angry provides energy to make a change.
24:00 Humans understand the world through stories; through their narratives. We are also physical beings and store emotional pain in our bodies.
30:50 An image can provide awareness about many aspects of a complex situation in one glance.
36:00 Beautiful Mady demonstrates how to be fully present and without censoring our responses to the world but being authentic.

En esta entrevista, mi querida amiga Lisa Anthony, residente del Reino Unido, comparte sobre su trabajo como consejera centrada en la persona y practicante de artes expresivas. Agregué tiempos aproximados en los que tocamos varios temas fascinantes.
1:00 El viaje profesional de Lisa hasta ahora.
5:00 Chamanismo y tradiciones ancestrales, viaje a otras esferas interiores (sin apropiación pero con respeto a las diferentes culturas)
10:30 La forma en que experimentamos AHORA está informada por experiencias pasadas. Reconociendo nuestra historia.
12:00 Reconociendo el presente por su propio impacto, sin historia.
14:00 No juzgues nuestros sentimientos, busca formas de sentirlos plenamente.
17:37 Usar nuestras emociones para hacer un cambio positivo en el mundo, por ejemplo, estar enojado proporciona energía para hacer un cambio.
24:00 Los seres humanos comprenden el mundo a través de historias; a través de sus narrativas. También somos seres físicos y almacenamos el dolor emocional en nuestro cuerpo.
30:50 Una imagen puede proporcionar conciencia de muchos aspectos de una situación compleja de un solo vistazo.
36:00 La bella perrita Mady demuestra cómo estar plenamente presente y sin censura nuestras respuestas al mundo pero siendo auténticas.

Deep Connection

Deep Connection. Acrylic on canvas. 70cmx80cm

This painting became a meditation on the deep connection that links us to those around us as well as to our Earth 🌍 environment. We are all made of the exact same matter and energy, let us look after each other.

The painting starts with the base colors, the elements that form everything, and then some differentiation begins to happen and some parts become flowers, other parts become a person, other parts are spaces in between. But someone who saw the process knows that it is all one thing.
Deep Connection. Acrylic on canvas. 70cmx80cm

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Three foreigners

TThree foreigners, a Cuaima, a woman and a Grulla, met on a field of pink Tulips presumably in the outskirts of Amsterdam. They instantly felt at home with each other. 

The Cuaima is the largest snake in America, measuring up to 4 meters long and weighing more than 5 kilos.They are rare snakes and in Venezuela even more so due to the destruction of their habitat. Like all vipers, it is poisonous;  Its venom is not as toxic as that of its cousins ​​Mapanares and Rattlesnakes BUT the large amount that it can inject due to its size is the reason for how dangerous its bite is. The Grulla is a bird that lives in areas of swamps, lakes and rivers in Venezuela where the spaces are open, and they have freedom to walk with their long legs.

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Exhibition Germany

Exhibition Gallery Dreho
Hagweg 1 41352 Korschenbroich, Germany. 2019 – Lost Worlds Venezuela. My contribution in paintings about Venezuela:

1. Pain for what was Lost – Acrylic on paper. 42x29cm
2. Identity in Transition, Who Am I, and Where Am I Going – Acrylic on canvas. 150x80cm
3. New Horizon, Integration of what Remained – Acrylic on canvas. 29x21cm

Exhibicion en Alemania *Mundos Perdidos* – mi contribucion en pinturas sobre Venezuela.
1. Dolor de lo Perdido – Acrilico sobre papel. 42x29cm.
2. Identidad en Transición, Quien Soy y a Donde Voy – Acrilico sobre tela. 150x80cm.
3. Nuevo Horizonte, Integracion de lo que Quedo . – Acrylico sobre tela. 29x21cm.

Pain for what was Lost – Acrylic on paper. 42x29cm
New Horizon, Integration of what Remained – Acrylic on canvas. 29x21cm

Art Installation Weesp, Netherlands


In this collaboration, Lorena Fernandez created five paintings for a 5 Rhythms workshop in the Netherlands. The workshop was organized in 2019 by Jup Jansunious (a.k.a. Doctor Dance), Mirjam van Hasselt and Tammy Burstein from New York. Each painting is related to a rhythm and a stage of life: Infancy, childhood, puberty, maturity, and old-age/death. Gabrielle Roth created the 5Rhythms approach to movement in the late 1970s. There are now 5Rhythms teachers worldwide who use her approach in their work. “Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?” ~G. Roth
FLOWING INFANCY. MOTHER. EARTH. BODY. FEAR.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“Childhood is a time in which one discovers personal capability and strength. This often involves a lot of frustration, exploration of physical strength, and also the strength of character and boundaries. This is why it seems very appropriate to have here the fire, the anger, and the heart. It is the child’s right to express those in the face of injustice. It is the masculine part of the self.” Lorena
STACCATO CHILDHOOD. FATHER. FIRE. HEARTH. ANGER.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“Painting about the chaos of puberty reminded me about the growing pains of turning into an adult. It is a time of self-discovery, of falling backward, of tears, and of great strength to keep on living and fixing mistakes and overcoming challenges.” Lorena
CHAOS PUBERTY. SELF. WATER. MIND. SADNESS.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“In this circle of dancers, I included a shaman who was first seen in the caves of Trois Frères in France, dating from 10,000 BCE. The cave painting of ‘The Sorcerer’ is an amalgamation of various animals and a human. Putting her in my painting felt like being linked personally to the beginning of humanity. It lets me feel that we are one and have been one across time.” Lorena
LYRICAL MATURITY. TRIBE. AIR. SOUL. JOY.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“To me, this work is about my own very last days on Earth and after. Once I complete my time here as a human, I will rejoin the larger picture, the universe. So, it is a time to move on to larger things. Dust to stardust.” Lorena
STILLNESS. OLD AGE. DEATH. SPACE. SPIRIT. COMPASSION. REJOINING THE UNIVERSE.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on canvas

DEMO intuitive expressive arts session

I don’t know what I will paint. The colors and images come from impulses that are not thoughts but bodily sensations. Like when you see a fruit, and you take it and bite it without any thoughts. In that way, I take colors and put them on the canvas. Also, images arise by themselves from my unconscious. Often, my rational mind objects to what shows up. But I am interested in the message that comes from that mysterious part of myself. It is tricky to follow this method because it has a natural evolution that my rational mind tries to block. Often the message doesn’t come until the end of the painting. In this case, it was only after I noticed that the woman’s skin had scales, like a crocodile. Then it all became clear; boundaries are fair and necessary. Watch the video to receive the message. This simple but profound message is not just for me but for anyone who needs it. That is why I share it here. Lorena Fernandez