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Art therapy: 'Painting when you're crying is a different experience. You're just in that painting'

Vancouver artist Andrea Hooge discovered a new relationship to art when her mother passed away from cancer.

Vancouver artist Andrea Hooge discovered a new relationship to art when her mother passed away from cancer

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When Vancouver painter Andrea Hooge's mother passed away from breast cancer, her relationship to her art shifted. Making art came to have a therapeutic aspect.

As she explains: "Painting when you're crying or painting when you're upset — it's a different experience because you're just in that painting in a way."

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"I was trying to use art [as] therapy."

Hooge was surprised by how her work process changed as a result. "I was coping with my own fears of getting cancer or of dying. It was strange because I wasn't used to becoming emotional over the stuff that I was doing."

Looking back, the work has a weight to it, and she prefers to keep it private. "I wouldn't get rid of [the art] but I don't think I'd put it on display either."

"It's like an old diary — it's there and it's meaningful and sometimes you go back and look at it."

See more of Andrea Hooge's work below:

(Andrea Hooge)
(Andrea Hooge)
(Andrea Hooge)

Art Minute is a CBC Arts series taking you inside the minds of Canadian artists to hear what makes them tick and the ideas behind their work.

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