Relaxing and Transporting with Art

By: Pearl Maalouf BS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1

Art is a way to escape your day to day life.

With each brushstroke,

You can be transported to a different world.


Mental health isn’t a topic we’ve touched on that much yet, unfortunately, as it is SO important to our health and well being. Your overall mental status plays such a big role in how our body functions – if  we’re stressed our body starts releasing hormones that can wreak havoc on many different body processes that can manifest into digestions problems, shortness of breath, acne, headaches, and/or increased fat storage!

Of course in a perfect world we would all just avoid situations that would cause stress but we can’t do that, there will always be traffic, annoying co-workers, unreasonable bosses, family problems, etc to cause stress. So since we can’t always avoid stress we can take two approaches:

  • Change the way you react to stress. This way we can handle stressful situations with a bit more grace and try not let it affect us too much.
  • Find a way that helps you relieve your stress. No, alcohol is not a good option! It’s important to find something that you can do anywhere and anytime that helps you. Whether it’s a picture that you can look at and relax (I had a sunny island background on my computer at work that i loved); a song you can play; a happy memory you can close your eyes and think about; deep breathing techniques; sports; yoga; and whatever else you can think of! There are lots of de-stressing options out there! Like…taking in a wonderful piece of art.

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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” -P Picasso

For a lot of people art is a an escape from reality…you can look at a painting or sculpture and spend a few minutes wondering and imagining what the artist meant or what it means to you. Art is a great way to see things from a different perspective. I love it when artists focus on an aspect of everyday life and transform it.

Until the 20th of this week in Beirut there is a magnificent art fair, aptly named “Beirut Art Fair” (check them out on facebook too!) that I spent a few hours getting lost in. Enjoy a few pictures from the show below, and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to be transported to another world this weekend by creating your own art, or visiting an art exhibition near you!


Benjamin Carbonne. Corps, 2015 Acrylic on linen canvas 162 x 130 cm


Hania Farrell Suspension of Reality-Swimming Pool, 2009 Stretch floor 414 x 293 cm


Sara Niroobakhsh Untitled, 2014 Giclee printed on acid free paper 92 x 62 cm


Claudia Scarsella Star Wear Struscan Jewels, 2014 Collage & mixed media, embroidery on printed gaze sewn on pigment piezography on canvas 40 x 40 cm


Hiahm Benohoud Untitled Mixed media on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Pearl Maalouf

Pearl Maalouf

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