Louise Bradley

Bang Crash. Digital Video. 2019.

My Instagram called ‘Concrete Crime’ is about finding beauty and capturing the ever changing nature of things/matter in my most immediate environments available to me. Getting away from the cliche that zen practice has to be in a garden, why not a building site, an abandoned space or some discarded materials?

Of course this then says something about materiality and how we manage space and objects in todays society; here today and discarded tomorrow, on to the next thing without considering enough about the aftermath of this. Created by a narrow view of what is beautiful. For me this comments on beauty, consumerism and the nature of existence. These images explore impermanence and entropy within daily experience.

It is this ever changing nature of things that I embrace in my therapeutic practice. I engage with talking as well as art therapies and find the process to be creative regardless. My role with clients is to be open to what they may bring and assess what intervention they need. Whether this is for me to listen to them as they have no other space, or to provide an intervention, looking with them at unhealthy coping strategies and replace them with healthier ones.

The universal aspect that underlies all therapeutic interventions is 'feelings' and how we interpret these. These feelings have no language, when they arise are sensations only, everything afterwards is interpreted by our experiences, culture and language. By acknowledging that the interpretation is subject to principles of nurture, we have the ability to accept we can change our core beliefs and what we are conditioned to believe as real.

My art making gets under cultural language and I express this with shapes, colour, abstracts that have no function or purpose but somehow explain the ever changing phenomenon of feelings, of time, of us.

Over the last year I have brought together influence from the streets, found objects and building materials, with a self developed abstract language that is often not premeditated but more of a surrender.