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|Colour and communion: Exploring the influences of visual art-making as a leisure activity on older womens subjective well-being
Reynolds F.; Colour and communion: Exploring the influences of visual art-making as a leisure activity on older womens subjective well-being ;Journal of Aging Studies vol:24 issue: 2.0 page:135.0
|Art; Creativity; Older people; Well-being
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|Research into the subjective experience of art-making for older people is limited, and has focused mostly on professional artists rather than amateurs. This study examined older womens motives for visual art-making. Thirty-two participants aged 60-86 years old were interviewed. Twelve lived with chronic illness; twenty reported good health. Nearly all had taken up art after retirement; two had since become professional artists. Participants described their art-making as enriching their mental life, promoting enjoyment of the sensuality of colour and texture, presenting new challenges, playful experimentation, and fresh ambitions. Art also afforded participants valued connections with the world outside the home and immediate family. It encouraged attention to the aesthetics of the physical environment, preserved equal status relationships, and created opportunities for validation. Art-making protected the womens identities, helping them to resist the stereotypes and exclusions which are commonly encountered in later life. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.