Visualizing Absence

Visualizing Absence remembers the Ojibway Anishinaabe people and patients at the Mimico Asylum/ Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, both groups who in past lived on the land now occupied by the Humber College Lakeshore Campus. The exhibit was produced by researcher and artist … Continue reading

Art as Therapy

I’m miserable. I could perhaps use help from (a) friends or family, (b) a therapist, or (c) a museum. A museum? Who turns to a museum for personal help? Creating art can be therapeutic: Artistic expression as healing is the … Continue reading

Now Who’s Crazy Now?

Who would you ask for help if you were going to Spain? Someone who’s studied maps and guidebooks, but has never been to Spain or someone who’s been there and sketched out a map or written a guide after getting … Continue reading

Transformation By Fire

It is said that home is where the heart is. But violence wounds our hearts, leaving us emotionally physically, and spiritually homeless, even when there is a roof over our heads. Our battles rage on . . . . Come … Continue reading

Gardiner Expressive Arts Group

Gardiner Expressive Arts blog May 9, 2012. Sculpture exhibited in 2011.

Screen capture from Gardiner Expressive Arts blog May 9, 2012. Sculpture exhibited in 2011. Out of the mud, the lotus blooms: Women who have experienced violence transform trauma through clay. Intrigued by this title, I attended the 2010 workshop offered … Continue reading

Touched by Fire

I’m looking over the website for Touched By Fire, and am struck by the richness in the drawings, paintings, photography, multimedia and digital works posted by over 300 individuals. Some contributors post only one work while others have a series, … Continue reading

Emotional pain

In my last post, I mentioned Susan Schellenberg as having experienced mental illness, but I prefer to talk of “emotional pain.”  I use “emotional pain” to refer to psychological difficulties that Cause substantial distress. Interfere with ability to achieve important … Continue reading