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An Art Therapy Praxis and Portfolio by Angela Scalisi

A sculpture of a small house with syringes making up the roofShelter

Angela Scalisi’s artistic practice involves both personal artworks, and works created as part of an art therapy praxis, with the collaboration and participation of others. Following studies in Chicago and Boston, the artist has worked as a care partner for those with Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other illnesses. 

A mixed media artwork with an abstracted photoHunchedfigure


Understanding the artist’s background and work in the medical field, the aesthetics of Angela’s works seem deeply rooted in the body and in medical intervention. Sometimes this is quite literal, as in the artist’s use of syringes in sculptures in her DIABETICA series. Other times, this idea of medical intervention is less obvious, though the particular aesthetics and colour palettes used throughout Angela’s portfolio suggest blood, bone, and sinew. 

The front page of Angela Scalisi's art portfolio


As the artist notes in her statement, her approach to art-making is focused on the process of creating a work, the journey from idea to finished product, rather than the finished product itself. It’s easy to see this approach as reflective of, and parallel to, a medical practice, another confluence of processes -- of diagnosis, of treatment, and perhaps of healing.

A mixed media artwork with red material framed in woodNipple, pen needle, handmade felt

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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