Articles & Press

Nov 15 2022

Making Masks with Henry: Window into the Imagination

This is my artist friend Henry Sultan. I have known Henry for a few decades, and now I'm in my 50's and he is in his 80's! We first met when I was the Art Curator at the California Institute of Integral Studies where I hosted an art show with Henry and his wife Jenny Badger Sultan. They have both dedicated their life to painting and the creative path. Currently, I live a block from Henry and Jenny's home and they have one of the best art studios I have ever encountered. You can see it from the street; it ...
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Oct 18 2022

The Struggle of Art

In my ‘split’ life as arts therapist/ coach/ teacher/ artist, I am a grand juggler and I thrive on being actively engaged in life and art. My work can be intense, and being a creative person and a business owner doesn’t come without sacrifice. I have to be diligent about my self-care to maintain my stamina. This was especially true during the pandemic. In early 2020, in addition to my practice and teaching, I was at the tail end of a long creation phase with a documentary film, The Creative High. I started to see very clearly that stress was taking its toll. I could feel it in my ...
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Aug 26 2022

Podcast Interview with Liz Gleeson of the Shapes of Grief Podcast & Training Programme

What a deep experience to meet and talk grief and Art (and much more) with Liz Gleeson of the Shapes of Grief Podcast & Training Programme based in Ireland. I felt seen and met by someone who truly speaks the same language of metaphor and medicine. ‘Sometimes I wish the world were a little smaller, so I could meet my guests in person. Adriana is one of those people who I’d love to spend time with. This, for me, was a beautiful, insightful, honest and tender conversation about humanity, addiction, love, capacity to show up or not, and finding our ...
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May 26 2022

Avoiding Interruption to Find Creative Flow: aka How Our Devices are Distracting Us

“A flow state…This is when you are so absorbed in what you are doing that you lose all sense of yourself, and time seems to fall away, and you are flowing into the experience itself. It is the deepest form of focus and attention that we know of…We know at some level, that when we are not focusing, we are not using one of our greatest capacities.” - Johann Hari As I write this, I am sitting at a local cafe. They are playing rhythmic alternative music, the doors are open and fans are overhead on a sunny day in ...
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May 3 2022

Interview with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

It was an absolute honor to be interviewed by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for an online blog entitled Meet Adriana Marchione, director of “The Creative High”.  This Q&A, facilitated by Jeremiah Gardner, was originally published for Hazelden Betty Ford’s monthly Recovery Advocacy Update. If you’d like to receive their advocacy emails, subscribe today. Q: What does recovery look like for you, and how has it empowered different aspects of your life? Recovery has been a waking-up process for me which is ever-evolving. It was a rebirth, which over time gave me the ability to face life with open eyes and a ...
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Mar 3 2022

Podcast Interview with The Journal of The Youth in Nigeria

I was recently interviewed by Sakeenah, the founder of "The Journal of The Youth" podcast in Nigeria. In the episode entitled "Art Therapy with Adriana Marchione: A Journey of Healing and Self-Expression Through Art" we discussed my journey to becoming who I am today, my approach to mental health and my views on art as a way to improve the mental health of teens and youth. Listen to the episode here.
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Feb 7 2022

Podcast Interview: Where Life Meets Art: Channeling Grief, Addiction and Trauma into Beautiful Expressions

I recently appeared on "The Women Waken" podcast which is hosted by my friend and colleague, Whitney Walker. In the episode entitled "Where Life Meets Art: Channeling Grief, Addiction and Trauma into Beautiful Expressions" Whitney and I discussed how addiction and recovery affected our lives, and the ways that grief helped me reclaim my own creative practices. I also shared about my work as an expressive arts therapist and my journey into the daunting world of film making! Listen to the episode here.
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Nov 1 2021

A Tribute to my Therapist

The best forms of healing, therapy, and meditation are learning to trust. The trust is the genuine kind.” - Jack Kornfeld This newsletter is dedicated to Theresa Cangelosi who was my therapist for eight years. She guided me through the most difficult times of my life. I came to her after an estrangement from a spiritual mentor during an emotional crisis. A few years into our work together she supported me through the illness and death of my late husband due to lung cancer. Theresa was a somatic psychotherapist with a special focus working with trauma. She was Italian American which created a ...
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Sep 20 2021

Art in Community

"I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap. - Ani DiFranco I am a community-oriented person. I was brought up with festive family dinners, playing cards with aunts and uncles, and memorable parties at special events. In my formative years we lived abroad because of my father's work as an anthropologist in both Jamaica and Norway. I was introduced to an international group of people dedicated to social change. This has made a lasting impression. Throughout my life, I have maintained strong ties, yet there has been times when I have felt isolated or separate from. When I ...
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Aug 3 2021

Art Altar: Life/Art Remedy

Last week I wrote about 'languishing' and how art can be a way through (find the blog post here). I am following up with a ‘life/art' remedy to support you to connect to your aliveness through an Art Altar. I have found that even the simplest gathering of objects that have meaning increases the feeling of purpose and inner strength. In addition, it can be a useful guide towards healing oneself, giving hope to someone in your life, or supporting a cause you believe in. ART ALTAR EXERCISE 1) Find the intention for your art altar. What do you want to focus on, heal, offer to a ...
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