There is some research to suggest that, yes it can. Or at least perhaps it could.
In the March/April 2016 edition of Crafts magazine (# 259) there’s a moving article by Andrew Marr titled Why making can be the best medicine. He tells the story of how, after a massive stroke three years ago, he decided to become a maker. Previously he had never regarded himself as an artist. Andrew’s whole professional life had been completely focused on writing and speaking, and yet after this huge assault on his health, he turned to art practice. Interestingly he believes that ‘the urge to make images with lines and colour was always just there’. Continue reading