The introduction to the art reflection process included the following explanation to provide background and understanding for the writing aspect:
Asylum seekers often need to prove what is called credible (reasonable) fear of persecution or torture. You are your own witness, which means you are the one who must tell the details of your story as the proof that you have “credible fear” of persecution or torture. This art exercise is to help organize your thoughts and to practice telling your story. It is very important that you share all of details which prove you have a credible fear for your life of persecution or torture. Judges look for discrepancies (differences) between the different times you are asked to tell your story. It is very important that your story is (a) true; (b) told in great detail from beginning to end; (c) remains the exact same story each time you are asked to tell it with all the facts, dates, people, and details exactly the same. This art reflection is to help you organize your thoughts to tell your full story.
First: Write your story about why you have credible fear of persecution or torture. Write down all the important details to support your story including WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW. Pay careful attention to detail. Write exactly what happened.
Second: Go back and underline important words which remind you about the details of your experience. For example, you might underline a date or the name of a person or a particular location. Write these key words or phrases on the small piece of paper and set it aside. You will use this list later.
Third: Use tempura paint to make a pretty mono print on top of your words. (If you do not want to cover up your words, you can make the art on the other side of the paper or you can get a new piece of paper.) Go to the table with the paint, rollers, and “Gelli Art” mono printing plates and Pastor Helen or Pastor Sabrina will show you how to make a mono print. Dry the print before you go to step four.
Fourth: Take the list of words you underlined and write them on cut shapes which symbolize your freedom from fear. Glue the shapes with the words on top of the mono print painted page. You might want to put them in the best order to help you remember exactly how to (re)tell your story. The goal is to create a visual that helps you remember all of the details of your story. Use the many art supplies to decorate your art story.