For confidentiality reasons, all the names used in our beneficiaries’ stories have been changed.
Matt is a 17 year-old boy who lives in Indonesia. When his mother passed away, he was sent to live in a children’s home.
His school principal decided to send him to an art therapy programme because he had trouble expressing himself and had a hard time talking about the difficulties he had faced.
Even though his classmates saw him as a cheerful friend, after everything he went through, Matt was trying to deal with intense emotions. It was not easy.
Matt followed 7 art therapy group sessions and 2 open studio sessions over 2 weeks.
One of his main projects was to create a self box. This box would represent how he sees his outer and inner self.
Matt played around with different designs and colours for his box. He started by having a very colourful box.
But as the sessions went by, he surprised everyone when he decided to paint it all black. He painted a white skull, shredded come colourful confetti and threw them inside the box.
“The box is a bomb, and the inside is a rainbow. When the bomb goes off, the rainbow will be revealed," he said.