Yesterday evening, on a magical rooftop in the West Village, our dear friend JIji explored us as subjects for a portrait project she is working on for her Master’s Thesis in Art Therapy.
Using facial pressure points and mood-oriented colours, Jiji uses the power of touch and portraiture to apply paints and shapes on a client’s face as a form of identity and self-reflection exercise (she does while asking the client to unfurl a personal narrative after asking some guiding questions). While the effect, at first glance, may appear as a sacreligious representation of indigenous face paintings, it is not behind the purpose and application or nature of the painting. This is pure science of the facial regions, the perception of touch, color and mood, and the psychology behind someone scrutinizing your personal face based on what you are telling them in therapy. The technique is particularly powerful for clients with physical injury/trauma and high anxiety.
It was an incredibly powerful experience. Write below if you want to get in touch with her! xo