chapter  2
40 Pages

Theorizing Materiality in Art Therapy: Negotiated Meanings

ByCatherine Hyland Moon

This chapter presents a theoretical basis for understanding the use of materials and media as primary components in the exchanges that occur among art therapists, clients, and art-making processes. A brief historical overview of material theory in art therapy is followed by a social constructivist perspective, which suggests that multiple registers of meaning can coexist within the specifics of personal, historical, social, and cultural contexts. The concluding discussion and vignette highlight the importance of theory in which the significance of materials and media in art therapy is not assumed, but rather is negotiated within both personal and social frameworks.