FROM KOLAJ 31
Potential of Collage as a Tool for Wellbeing
Hazel Pitt writes, “I am a seasoned collage artist who uses this medium as a tool for Awellbeing with those suffering from mental health issues. I firmly believe in the potential healing properties of paper collaging and that in harnessing the particular characteristics of this art practice, one can utilise it as a visual conduit in revealing the inner self.” An article by Pitt in Kolaj #31 explores collage as a tool for wellbeing.
With its endless possibilities for humour, joy, fear, absurdity, surreality and more, collage possesses the ability of truly disrupting the senses and is therefore an ideal tool in expressing the sometimes surreal, dream-like qualities of the mind. In teaching the art of collage within the wellbeing setting, I bring people’s awareness to its power in accessing not only the subconscious mind, which helps us in retrieving regular information used in everyday life, but also the deeper unconscious which often contains the things we are uncomfortable with or fearful of.
Hazel Pitt holds a Master’s Degree in Art and Psychology and has taught graphic design in adult and post-secondary education. Pitt’s industrial experience includes freelance graphic design in the music industry with her main commissions with Polydor Records and Universal Studios in the 1980s and 90s, all using hand-generated collage. Her work has been shown widely in the United Kingdom. The artist lives and works in Staffordshire, England and she is a member of the Birmingham Collage Collective. Learn more at the Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory and www.hazelpitt.com.