SELECTION OF ESPECIALLY THERAPEUTIC SCULPTURES:
In the sculptures ensemble Pompeii I have depicted which different types of reactions there are to traumatic events.
Have you already been to Pompeii? If you look at the first three people, you will notice that they take the same position as the people who have been found in Pompeii : asleep, eyes covered or their heads stuck in the sand. It shows various ways in which people react to a problem. But I added some other possible reactions: the surprised, petrified child who does not know what to do, the fighting one, the one running away, the supplicant / petitioner and the ones embracing. Each of us has his/her own patterns ! And ...the psychoanalysis often uses the mountain as a symbol for a problem ...so Mount Vesuvius is the perfect symbol for every problem which appears ...
VICTIM - OFFENDER
I often use my sculptures in therapy sessions to illustrate a situation. Here is an example of the " victimization " of a boy:
I encourage the affected person to imitate the attitude of this sculpture, to describe the sculpture´s details and then we reflect the induced feeling which the person has gotten together.
I also invite them to take the opposite position, the " perpetrator attitude " .
"Perpetrators" who put up with nothing . Firstly, with teenagers it is often surprising how much of an impact just their different position of their body can have on their emotional state - head lowered , early shoulders, knees together , one-legged stance versus fine head, secure footing and a strong upper body. On the other hand, it is sometimes surprising to me that some teenagers´ muscles are already fixed in their victimhood so that they can not put their shoulder backwards and down – so their muscles are already shortened.
In the group of sculptures " behind you "
I wanted to visualize how much " women power " is behind each woman: Sixteen women in five rows . In the first row , " the " woman. In the second row - her mother. In the third row - her two grandmothers. In the fourth row her four great-grandmothers. In the fifth row her eight great- great-grandmothers . In the sixth row one would already find sixteen great-great- great-grandmothers ... etc. All the women give their energy - positive or negative – down to the next generation ..... Women Power .
PROXIMITY - DISTANCE
When the topics of proximity- distance or detachment and letting go come up in a family discussion, I often use the following sculptures.
The sculptures are slidable on a rail: At the beginning mother and child are usually very close (sculptures are very close together). With puberty, the detachment begins and the child distances himself/herself ( demonstration ). If the mother follows ( demonstration ) , the child goes away even further ( demonstration ) ....if the mother follows again ( demonstration ) ..... the dynamics will move toward the abyss , until ..... eventually the child can not go any further ( demonstration ) and it falls into the abyss.
Return to the starting position : If the child goes, but the mother remains in the same position (demonstration ), the child and the mother have the opportunity to find a new distance between them and eventually the child will come closer again ( demonstration).
If I want to explain diseases and their psychological background, I like to illustrate them with my sculptures. Be it
the eating disorders , the metabolic syndrome ,
or ADHD ( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ) with its three different types.
the dreamer, the hyperactive and the impulsive.
In lectures , it is quite useful to be able to demonstrate these three different types plastically, because as a child and adolescent psychiatrist one is often confronted with people who do not put “dreamers” into the category of attention deficit disorders. Most of them have only the image of loud , hyperactive troublemakers in mind .
One soldier, three Jews. Two Jews plead for their lives. One is already dead.
The soldier should fulfill his duty - he turns his body dutifully towards the people who are begging for their lives - but he turns away his head. He can not look at them. His fists are clenched. He holds his breath ... what is he going to do?
"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone"
With my series “CONTRASTS” I like to show what a huge INFLUENCE OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE HAS on our posture.
The anorexic and the thick. The thin blocks everything - food, feelings, love ... she is proud – proud to be able to say “no” and disgusted by the thick who can not say that. The thick is shy and insecure. Her fat is some kind of protective cover to prevent her from getting hurt.
The bodybuilder and the intellectual. In addition to the "hardly" divergent physique, I wanted to specifically point out that what we wear in front of our body axis is what seems most important to us. The intellectual his head - the bodybuilder his pectoral muscle or something lying deeper. The heads do have the same size, but the head of the bodybuilder looks a lot smaller.
The fun-loving and depressed. The positions of their hands do not differ a lot, but one is showing her female forms in full love of life, whereas the other one is pressed by the burden of her life, and bent down because of her (back) pain.
I have dedicated a whole series of sculptures to a psychotherapeutic method that has been developed by Dr. Manfred Clynes called: "THE SENTIC CYCLE" (After he had taught me the method, he allowed me to create sculptures for this cycle).
THE IDEA: In this method one triggers the most important human emotions in a defined order and expresses them in form of finger pressure.
It starts with the "NO- FEELING" , the "nothing " , the neutrality of emotions. Dr. Manfred Clynes calls it "no emotions" .
After one has expressed this “no-feeling” 20-40 times for about 3 to 4 minutes with a finger print, you switch to the next emotion: ANGER This emotion is also “expressed” 20-40 times.
The same way you proceed with the feelings of
HATE , GRIEF , LOVE , SEXUALITY , JOY , DEVOTION .
I myself allowed me to add one position in my sculptures sequence: The charge or funnel posture which has its origin in yoga.
While this is not a feeling, it is a way of refueling one´s eergy in order to switch from the emptiness of grief to the fullness of love.
THE GOAL is to go through the full range of emotions and not get stuck with one feeling. After that, one feels more peaceful, more enjoyable and one comes in conjunction with his real self.
Now, if you believe that I am only choosing pathologies of humanity or psychotherapeutic issues for my sculptures, I can reassure you: Quite a lot of my work have nothing to do with diseases. Their goal is to DIRECTLY increase HARMONY, BALANCE AND HEALING.
I use the activity of mirror neurons. Mirror neurons are neurons in the brain which cause the same pattern of activity come up in our brains while watching something, as they would occur if we would actually perform this move (actively) ourselves not merely watch (passively). Thus, anything that you allow to have an impact on you, will be mirrored in you. So if you see a sculpture that represents harmony , balance or the flow of energy then these feelings will be transferred to you and you will "automatically" understand them. Whatever you allow to affect you, is mirrored inside of you: You might feel free, powerful, strong or the need to smile when you see sculptures with these features.
What you see here is not a "real" tango position , but a position that shows what I love about tango: the harmony and the marginal physical contact that is sufficient to know which movement follows. It is passion, dedication and individuality at the same time.
Also my latest sculptures belong into this last group: HEALTH THROUGH HARMONY. They open a new chapter of my work, because they are made of steel and they mainly represent the energy flow in the body, not the body itself. The INTENTION IS TO MAKE THE VIEWER AWARE OF HIS TRUE POTENTIAL, HIS TRUE NATURE.
All the sculptures and paintings from the series "Health through harmony" directly promote harmony, balance and healing in the viewer.
Today I want to show you just one example. The male and female energy meeting at the Heart Center.
For the first time the complete exhibition with these sculptures will be on display in November 2014 in the Gallery Centrum in Graz.
Now I have led you swiftly through the world of my sculptures. Finally, I would like to show you one last way my sculptures can be used. I wrote STORIES with and about my sculptures "generation nintendo" and "sexual abuse and it´s outcome". The stories are similar to the ones that today's youth has told me, but fictitious.
Examples of those stories can you find under the chapter "STORIES".