"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."
--- Albert Einstein
nehama grenimann Bauch
doctoral researcher in art psychotherapy
My current academic interests can be divided into three main research areas: 1. Parental mentalization within the context of art therapy interventions 2. Creativity and mentalization among primary-school aged children. 3. Open studio trauma-informed art therapy settings for refugee and immigrant children. My sense of the interrelatedness of fine art, social science, art therapy and neuroscience, and the creative prospects and challenges thus engendered, strongly attracts me to opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, which lie at the core of the research I would like to conduct in the future.
Bat Or, Michal & Grenimann Bauch, Nehama. 2017. Paternal representations and contemporary fatherhood themes through a clay figure-sculpting task among fathers of toddlers. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 56, p. 19–29.
ABSTRACT: The present study explored paternal representations as they arose in fathers through a task of sculpting father and child figures in clay. Eleven first-time Israeli fathers of normally developing children aged two to three years old were asked to sculpt in clay a representation of themselves with their child, and were then interviewed about their experience and their clay sculpture. Based on qualitative analysis of process and products of the clay task and verbal interviews, the following themes were crystallized: fathers’ encouraging independence versus protecting, movement and playfulness in the father’s experience, using abstraction and metaphor to represent the father-child relationship, and “Leave well enough alone”: being satisfied with imperfections in fatherhood experiences. These paternal representations and themes are discussed through the lens of attachment and psychoanalytic theories. Therapeutic implications are also discussed.
Grenimann Bauch, Nehama. Parental gender roles in clay: Perceptions of gender-role issues among Israeli fathers to toddlers as expressed in a clay figure-sculpting task. In S. Hogan (Ed.) Arts Therapies and Gender Issues International Perspectives on Research, 1st Edition. London: Routledge (in press)
PRESS AND MEDIA
* Cities of Peace, The Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation (EFIAF), Yerevan, Armenia | Berlin, Germany | New York, U.S.A. – Cities of Peace is a project dedicated to the transformative power of art to promote peace and understanding. It honors the history and culture of cities that have experienced major conflict and trauma. As assistant to the artistic director, I worked in Armenia with a local team of artists and scholars, creating together a monumental gold illuminated painting honoring the history and culture of Armenia. The project was done in collaboration with the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU). The unveiling of the work closed the Commemoration Year of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
For more information visit the Cities of Peace website.
* Project Shalom Rollberg, Morus 14, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany – The MORUS 14 community center is located in the Rollberg Quarter in the Neukölln district of Berlin. The district is considered to be a hot-spot of problems including lack of education and unemployment.. The center’s aim is to integrate the area’s culturally diverse population through social and cultural projects. As part of the project I facilitated group art activities for local children aged 9-12, dealing through art with issues of identity, group collaboration and self expression through art.
For more information visit the Shalom Rollberg website.
* Jugendwerk Aufbau Ost JAO gGmbH, Berlin, Germany (JAO) – JAO gGmbH is a state-approved provider of child, youth and family welfare services in eastern Berlin since 1991. The organization’s main goal is to create a collaborative and efficiently structured network of social services, youth-work and family-assistance for children, youth and families in need of psychosocial support. The organization develops, among others, innovative projects aimed at providing orientation, community-based collaboration and opening up new horizons for children from difficult social backgrounds.
For more information visit the JAO website.
* IsraAID Germany e.V., Berlin, Germany – The lsraAID Germany team comprises a mosaic of psychosocial specialists stemming from different religious, cultural and national back-grounds. These include psychologists, social workers, art therapists and pedagogues who, using their international experiences, language skills and inter-culturally sensitive approaches, are developing long-term programs with the aim of contributing to refugee's wellbeing and integration process in Germany. The long-term Art-therapy program provides group and individual art therapy sessions for refugee children in Shelters and schools in Berlin.
For more information visit the IsraAID Germany e.V. website.
* Faraway Places: art for the ICU at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, Jerusalem –
The Faraway Places is a unique project, in memory of Timora Avitzur, that brought together ten international women artists who created artwork designed especially for the Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, promoting art in hospitals and fundraising for the Hospital. Participating artists are: Sharon Binder, Anat Yefet, Zoe Pawlak, Judith Margolis, Chana Cromer, Ruth Cohn, Mallory Serebrin, Galina Bleikh, Julia Lagus, Yulia Poliakov.
Before being permanently installed in the ICU, the artwork was presented at the Tenenbaum Hall of the hospital and later high quality reproductions of the works were exhibited as part of the Young Hadassah Ball, raising money for the Pediatrics Department at Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus.
Watch a movie about the project here: Movie about Faraway Places.
Read more in the Young Hadassah International Ball Dinner Book
Selected projects AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
* Creating Links – working creatively with displacement, trauma and difference – Creating links is a non-profit project by a collective of art psychotherapists from different nations. The team came together in order to create sustainable concepts that support communities with issues of displacement, trauma and difference.
Building on a multicultural and interdisciplinary approach, we have developed tailored programs to support professionals who work with displaced children and their families. The psychosocial needs of these young people can range from emotional and social problems to trauma symptoms. Our programs include art-based techniques that can be used by both adults and children, and help transcend cultural and language barriers.
For more information visit the Creating links website.