Art as/is Therapy

According to Armstrong & de Botton (2013) and subsequently in de Botton’s talk (The School of Life, 2013) the impact of art is often not what it should be because the frame is wrong, we aren’t actively encouraged to bring ourselves to it, or see ourselves in it.

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François de La Rochefoucauld

To formalise this idea, I distilled de Botton’s sentence into something visual, an artwork as a symbol. With the regal portrait prevalent in 17th century european art I decided to re-appropriate an etching of La Rochefoucauld, adding the blue bird (representing the Twitter logo) and the hand upon which it perches.