From Healing Art to Art Therapy: Interdisciplinary Research Perspective
The review discusses the ideological content of the collective monograph Art, Therapy, Health (2017). It highlights the ideas formulated by all of the co-authors, including their conceptual descriptions. The wording of the article is responsive to its aim and evolves on two intertwining levels. On the one hand, the ideas researched by every single co-author, including their context and related assumptions are briefly discussed in the text. On the other hand, the article highlights certain general connections between the contexts to which different authors subject their research. The texts that are discussed in the article represent a reflexion on both art therapy as such and related research in the neighboring fields. This definition of the field of research emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of art therapy as part of the texts represent the humanitarian disciplines that research visual culture and artistic expression. Another part of the texts is a clear representation of such fields as medical science and related applied research. The array of problems subjected to research is extremely wide. It ranges from intercultural assumptions on the proximity of therapeutic endeavors and artistic expression and goes on to topical research in the field of art therapy. Finally, the array shows the variety and efficiency of methods selected for application.
Key Words: art therapy, interdisciplinary research, worldview-related and intercultural assumptions in art therapy.