Walking the Commonplace of Commemoration

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This is a proposal for art therapy to align with commemoration in the landscape of the commons. The commons is a shared landscape that can exist as a park, community garden, nature sanctuary, or as an open access public space. It is a location for gatherings, happenings and assembles people in connection to a shared living environment or commonplace. It can be a place to find serendipitous objects (natural or otherwise) that allow for commiseration and commemoration. The word commemoration relates to acts of ceremony, remembrance, observance, and tribute. It can be a forming of place for compositions that are personal, collective and civically minded. The commons is a space for aesthetic connectivity, and a social sculpting of landscape for personal and collective creations. It may be found in every community, neighbourhood and region as a space for reparative metaphor, imagination, and rituals of passage (Till, 2012). The commons can become a terrain for enacted assemblage with associations to physical and emotional memories, affects and shared communal stewardship. It is shaped by multiple forms of design, authority, resistance and cultivation, and its materiality can be adapted according to the aesthetic preferences of the many—the multitude of participants, who make it their own.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcopoiesis: A New Perspective for the Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies in the 21st Century
EditorsStephen Levine , Alexander Kopytin
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781787759930
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 21 Jun 2022


  • Art Therapy and Nature
  • Art Therapy and Culture
  • The Walking Studio in Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy and Commemoration
  • Ecological Art Therapy


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