Biography

Santhi was born in 1994 in India. When she was four she was adopted to a lovely Luxembourgish pair. Since her childhood Santhi was of creative and artistic character. Her parents admitted her talent and she took a basis art course at the Moolstudio Ernest Ernsfeld in Luxembourg city. People would say that she was a calm and peaceful child. After finishing secondary school with the “section arts plastiques” she first studied at the free art school in Stuttgart (FKS). Here she deepened her skills in drawing and painting, as well she liked to experiment with different materials as potter’s clay and recycled materials. Her art was very severe, showing the inner fears and loneliness of feeling excluded from society.

As she was interested in human skills and the psychological backgrounds she started to study art-therapy at the HKT in Nürtingen.

All along she had the ability to give expression to her inner feelings and thoughts in a artistic way, now she learned the theory behind it.

She realized that this was the perfect profession for her as she already had years of experience with the different materials and knew about the benefits of giving emotions and thoughts space in the concrete world by drawings, paintings or sculptures.

Being a little bit philosophical her first thesis thematised the difference between “to have” and “to be”. She read books of the neurophysiologists Vittoria Gallese and Giacomo Rizzolatti who discovered the mirror neurons and wrote her second thesis about a art-therapeutic practice which is called progressive-therapeutic mirror. In the first year of her study she worked in the urgent psychiatry in the Hopitaux Robert Schumann in Luxembourg. In spring 2017 she interned in the Rehazenter Letzebuerg, at the psychiatry in Ettelbruck and worked complimentary at the Buttek in Differdange. In summer 2017 she started and finished a project at the SOS Kannerduerf Mersch with a group of 4 children from the age of 8 – 12. From September to March 2018 she worked at the Zentrum für Psychiatrie Reichenau near Constance. She began to read C.J. Jung. After a several time she got to know the term “mindfulness” and started to apply this approach not only for her therapies with patients and clients but integrated them as well in her daily life. At this time her art became less rude, shifted from a “only-expressing-my-inner-chaos” to a serious and admitted art among different artists.

The subjects of her art are the importance of living in the now, the meaning of responsibility not only the one you have to take for yourself but also as global human community for the planet and especially for nature. In addition she works with the medium of video and audio and plays with the different ways of perception and projection. Her artwork seems at first look very simple and clear but is in fact profound, atmospheric and in a calm way provocative.

She is now happy and motivated to start her next project “Stop-Motion-Workshop” with the visitors and participants of Hariko in the co-work with another art-therapy-student, Athina Voigt.