Posted by Dr. Vollmer on June 4, 2013
Claire, twenty-six, has decided to do art which represents a story, like a graphic novel. Ordinarily, she is an abstract painter. For months now, I have been curious about why she is making a major shift in her creative output. Her response to my inquiries have been vague and nonspecific, suggesting either that she is unconscious of her change or she is fearful of sharing her internal process. Suddenly, she tells me about her boyfriend who writes fiction. Instantly, I feel, like a kaleidoscope, that the bits and pieces floating around have instantly made a pattern. Claire has changed her art in order to collaborate with her new love interest. The relationship has pulled her into a new direction. Attachments change people, both internally and externally. I share my thoughts with her, and without much excitement, she says “of course.” I wondered if the “of course” meant it made sense, or if the “of course” meant that she understood that all along but she had too much shame to say it aloud. I said “the kaleidoscope moment just happened for me, but I am not sure it happened for you.” She responded quietly, “let’s just say I don’t feel surprised by what you said,” keeping me in the dark about her internal state. We both relaxed into the moment, feeling close in sharing this insight.