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PublicationDeparture2013 Byrne, LibbyHaving taken up an invitation to exhibit this year with Chapel on Station, I decided to work with the same materials and method that I am employing in my doctoral exhibition – but with the sole intention of pursuing something that might be simply beautiful. I decided to paint ‘The Beatitudes’ in celebration of balance and equilibrium. The equidistant space in the gallery offers an opportunity for the work to surround and even hold us. It seemed that the best way to ensure the work was at home in this place was to choose the same colour as the walls for the ground of each painting. This is why each of these works began as I painted over an older work with the gallery’s signature, ‘Promised Land’.
PublicationExcavating evidence from experience(Journal of applied arts and health; 5 (2) ) 2014 Byrne, LibbyThis article addresses the challenge of excavating the evidence from our lived experience with arts and health, describing the impact of direct personal experience with art making on health, and of an inter-subjective aesthetic experience. This material, derived from a studio practice of painting that explored the experience of multiple sclerosis (MS), was presented as a case story at the Evidence in a Different Form Conference in 2013, and the kinds of evidence noted by the group are reported.
PublicationLiving close to the wound2014 Byrne, Libby ; Goroncy, Jason
PublicationHow we see each other(The interfaith observer ) 2019 Byrne, Libby
PublicationAn ordinary gift: The work of art as theological conversation(Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies ) 2017-11-23 Mallaby, Leanne ; Byrne, LibbyThis case study considers the nature of making, seeing and being with art in a dialogue about the experience of Libby Byrne’s exhibition, ‘An Ordinary Gift’ in Melbourne, 2016. The article explores the nature of making, seeing and being with art as a methodological framework for theological inquiry. Bringing to bear their experiences as artist and curator, two researchers examine recorded viewers’ responses to the exhibition, as a means of understanding the nature of theological engagement and insight that was possible in the process of making, being with and seeing this public exhibition. The article acknowledges that the work of art offers an ordinary gift of containment for the ineffable qualities of our lived experience with God. A faith-ful framework of communal engagement can therefore offer an external reference point that guides and shapes the making, the seeing and even the ways in which we are able to be with art. As we transform the way we engage with theological questions and concerns we are in turn transformed by the ordinary gift of making, seeing and being with art.
PublicationHealing in the absence of a cure(Journal of Patient Experience ) 2018-04-20 Byrne, LibbyThis article offers a series of 3 vignettes exploring how art making has enabled me to understand my experience of the psychological and spiritual questions that have arisen throughout my diagnosis and subsequent treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the private hospital system in Australia. The findings of the article indicate that the challenge to maintain a sense of identity that is separate to the experience of illness is critical for people who are living with MS and the language employed by health-care workers has a profound capacity to help or hinder this. Opportunities to make art in hospital supports the efficacy of prescribed medical treatments by enabling patients to exercise power in the midst of a process over which they have little or no control.
PublicationSeeking meaning: Making art and the experience of spirituality in dementia care(Journal of religion, spirituality & aging; 24 (1) ) 2012 Byrne, LibbyHow do people find meaning in the experience of dementia? Can people living with dementia be supported in meaningful activities that may alleviate depression and increase their sense of well-being? Many programs are offered for people in residential aged care, but little is known about the effectiveness of these programs. This article reports on the qualitative component of a study engaging 15 older adults with dementia and depression in a program of person-centered art making. The weekly facilitated study groups met over an 18-month period, with a three-month follow up. The importance of engagement in the process of art making is emphasised.
PublicationPractice-led theology: The studio as a site for theology in the making(Theology ) 2017-04-24 Byrne, LibbyThis article explains the development of a practice-led systematic theological enquiry and considers how reflexive studio practice can offer a means of engaging material and embodied knowing in the pursuit of a theological question. It considers the influence of the studio in the art-making process with particular reference to the work of Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer. The article explores the agency of the studio in the development of the author’s own practice-led theological enquiry into the nature of healing in the absence of cure. This leads to a discussion about the function of the studio for artists whose contemplative practice resides on the boundaries between art and theology and a conclusion about the role of the studio as a site for theology in the making.
PublicationPractical person-centred approaches and ideas: The creative arts in dementia(Australasian Journal on Ageing; 30 (3) ) 2011 Byrne, Libby
PublicationIs all art making ethical? Dilemmas posed by making response art by trainee art therapists2019 Fenner, Patricia ; Byrne, Libby ; Di Maria, Audrey