Lorena Fernandez

Professor

Lorena Fernandez is an artist, poet, industrial systems engineer and person-centered expressive arts coach. She helps individuals, groups and organizations in search of positive transformations to concurrently create and discover their new paths using art processes and materials.

 

In her work, Lorena proposes using the metaphor of the Complex Adaptive System to think about the human, embedded into environments that trigger change in that human. The nature of that change, however, is determined by the internal organization of the human; interconnected, interdependent, adaptable nodes that include Nothingness (as described by Sartre), Other People (as the condition where awareness begins), The World, Emotional Management, The Self and Creative Visualization. As the human faces internal or external triggers for change, he or she experiences ambiguity, existential anxiety and emotional turmoil. In order to reorient him or herself in the new situation two sensemaking questions must be answered: What is happening here? And Who will I be in this situation? Artistic self-expression provides the ideal practice to lift the fog of emotional turmoil and to simultaneously create and discover identity constructive answers for those questions.

 

She is the author of two bilingual art and poetry books, Spiritual Healing with Art / Curacion Espiritual con Arte and How to Exist, an impractical guide / Como Existir Guia impractica. She is also the author of the philosophy and expressive arts theory book Art and Self-Creation: The Roots of Creativity and Innovation (Think Media: EGS Media and Philosophy Series).

 

Her artworks are exhibited and collected internationally. Fernandez was born in Merida, Venezuela, obtained her engineering degree from Texas A&M University, her Masters of Arts from California State University Dominguez Hills, and received her Person-Centered Expressive Arts facilitator certification from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA. She lived and worked in Singapore for seven years and currently lives in Houston, Texas.

In Saas-Fee, Wallis, Switzerland, she earned her Ph.D. from the European Graduate School (Summa Cum Laude) in the Arts, Health and Society Program, and also attended the Media and Communications Program. Visit her website at www.LFcreative.com/research.