"It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." D. W. Winnicott (British psychotherapist and pediatrician)
Ali Brown works across a range of mediums, from large scale drawings to sculpture groups. Her experience of working as an art therapist with young children has inspired her own art making and has broadened her understanding of Fine Art practice. She enjoys using materials found in a typical art therapy room such as glue, poster paints, sand or found objects.
Ali's art practice changed and developed through her training as an art therapist at Goldsmiths. Her work focuses on what happens when individuals meet in psycho -dynamic situations. Through therapeutic interactions, dreams, fears and desires intersect and images are created in reality, or in the mind. Ali's work plays with what is visible and with what is secret and unconscious. She is interested in the physicality of sculptures and has created a series of rattles that resemble dolls or weapons. All the rattles are containers of some sort but their contents remain mysterious, just as we can never know completely what our clients or ourselves as therapists are holding onto on the inside.
Ali works as a volunteer counsellor with Place2be.