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Care verse Control



Gouache on cartridge paper. 2013.
Tried something new! Trying to be less controlling in general including to my paint. At uni I am learning about care versus control under an anti-oppressive framework. In regards to social work this will be very important. I always want to ‘fix’ an issue but this often leads to trying to take control. This is oppressive and dominating and suggests that I have power over the service user. Who am I to say I know best. The service user needs to be empowered enough to exercise their own expertise over what’s best for them in managing their circumstances.
In terms of art I oppress myself daily with my control. I need to stop questioning my art work. Care for myself by letting go and making a happy, colourful mess that expresses whatever is going on in the moment rather than some contrived and over thought version.


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