Studying artistic visions that are manifested in the aftermath of tragedy is the primary focus of Art & Trauma. We are especially interested in how traumatic narratives, and their accompanying indicia, impact aesthetic judgement. Learning that an artist was a victim of inconceivable torment is critical to how their artworks are perceived. When interpreting such artworks, we put a priority on constructing compelling stories that draw on multiple methods; biography, memoir, archival research, history, social criticism, and psychology.
What we hope to contribute, in a small way at least, is to expand how the psychological and autobiographical components of Art & Trauma are conceived. Creating artistic and scholarly work that illuminates the physical characteristics of form, the nuances of aesthetic judgement, and the veiled psychological particularities of content, is our way of recasting the field as a more socially judicious and emotionally informed aggregate.