CREDIT TO: Channing Tatum Is Using Sculpting As Therapy Amidst Jenna Dewan Divorce BY: Barbara Pavone
No matter how strong your relationship or marriage may be, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Calling it quits is never easy. Yet, there is a healthy way to go about it and you can bounce back. This is what Channing Tatum is showing the world so people will able to part ways on a good note.
After publicly announcing his split from his wife of nine years. Jenna Dewan, back in April, picked up a therapeutic hobby to help him get through tough times. And it just so happens to be the same one Brad Pitt swears by: sculpting.
Learning From Brad Pitt
Taking to Instagram, Tatum revealed his newest passion and showed off one of his (we must say) seriously impressive pieces. Yup, it seems he’s taken a cue from Brad Pitt (who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, skipped the 2017 Oscars because he was “holed up creating a sculpture at British artist Thomas Houseago’s Frogtown studio”) and is now using sculpture as a form of therapy amidst his divorce.
“This was my attempt at creating a sculpture of Picasso’s Guitarist,” the 38-year-old wrote. “It was starting out ok. Then I had to get different clay for the hands.”
“Then my [four-year-old] daughter destroyed it,” he continued. “Hahahaha oh well. Start anew.” As you can see, his sense of humor sure hasn’t left him.
Sculpture’s Hidden Powers
It may seem like a strange choice, but according to research, claywork can actually be extremely therapeutic. For one, it’s believed to facilitate the expression of emotions and feelings “due to the tactile quality of the clay” and “rhythmical movements that accompany claywork.” It also helps with catharsis because “working with such a primitive and original material as clay satisfies previously frustrated needs.”
What’s more, the creative process has been found to help individuals tap into “emotions, memories, and fantasies from different levels of consciousness.” Then there’s the finished product, which often ends up being filled with symbolism that can actually help spark healing dialogue and communication. All positives.
Pitt himself explained some of the benefits of sculpting to GQ last year, saying, “There’s a lot of manual labor, which is good for me right now. I’m having a moment of getting to feel emotion at my fingertips… I know the manual labor is good for me, getting to know the expansiveness and limitations of the materials.”