chapter  25
10 Pages

Edith's Legacy as Artist and Art Therapist in the Art Room

WithMartha Haeseler

Edith as artist is discussed, including subjects of her art – nature, people, as well as urban life, subways, and massive machinery; ways her artwork may relate to her own formative life experiences; and early artistic influences such as Johannes Itten, Florence Cane, and especially Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. Some of Edith’s core concepts are illustrated, including relating to clients in the art room; what constitutes “good art”; the role of talking in art therapy; countertransference; and teaching techniques. Edith’s prescient anticipation of current therapies is discussed, as well as her lasting influence on the author’s work as art therapist.