When Orion inhabits the role of artists, their work is representative of their life’s dedication to art as a living and breathing entity that is always in process and serving a deep purpose of expression.
Inherent in Orion’s work is a dialogue between art as living and art as dying, yet always in process. The relational dialogue holds what becomes present as it gets transcribed into artifact.The context in which we host our art in informs its nature, and the way we present our work has the potential to keep art alive and not just left to die down in the museum alone. Orion often is questioning how an exhibit lives and grows within its habitat to inform the event and viewer, how to exhibit the process of art creation, and how to be audience inclusive. They often push back against the idea of hanging a piece and walking away from it, desiring to stay close, keeping the human connection and process present with the work. As an Expressive therapist and facilitator of a Therapeutic Artists Residency, Orion centers their study in how to bring art to an individual in ways that make them engage with a practice of art making towards the therapeutic. Even if the therapeutic is just seen as pure form expression.
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In the West End of Atlanta, Orion Psychotherapy’s studio-office holds space for adolescents and adults who are seeking to engage in a therapeutic-relationship-ritual with a Licensed Professional Counselor. Grounded in a Humanistic foundation from the University of West Georgia, they often encounter the lived struggles of trauma, gender, sexuality, and loss with compassion, an ear for metaphors, and an interest in experiential Expressive Art Modalities. At the intersection where art meets therapy, Orion founded and runs the Therapeutic Artists Residency (TAR Project), that offers Atlanta artists free individual and group counseling for a year and ends in a showcase of their work. Atlanta’s TAR Project is currently working with Mind Bath out of Toronto through the 2023 season.
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