Paint Release is an interactive form of art therapy that uses a canvas to capture trapped energies. Mental/emotional blocks are transferred from the psyche into a unique painting during a safe, comfortable one-on-one session where I mix/fling/chuck paint and shake/stomp/slap the canvas. Releasees keep the painting afterward as a symbol of what they freed.
An anonymous excerpt from the one-on-one for this release:
"It gets to the point where I feel like no matter what I do it’s not enough.
I was pretty violently abused by my best friend’s mother for years. She would tell me not to say anything to my parents or I’d get in trouble. I still told my parents and they didn’t believe me. It’s hard for me to fathom because I have a child now—and it’s causing everything to come back up. If you have a child and they’re able to say something like that to you… how could you not believe them? There was a long time where I was getting abused and couldn’t get help.
The other thing that’s twisted is that my best friend’s mother was calculated in her moves. She chose me because I was known for lying during that time — she didn’t choose my sister because my parents listened to her.
I told myself my whole life that when I’m 18 years old, I’d talk to her about it—but I still can’t. I know she’s going to lie. Now as an adult, I want to say that my parents believe me. But my mom still to this day cares more about her friendship with that woman… they never see each other, they never talk, it’s a superficial, if we go back to town my mom wants to see her and catch up.
When I was in college, I spoke to my sister about it and she had no idea. It explains a lot of the issues and problems I have with my mom over the years. My biggest life goal is to have a conversation with her without my best friend finding out about it and have her admit to me that it’s what happened - not apologize, but admit that’s what happened. I think it would give me peace."
Energetic Paint Release: The Cave