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

Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery Installation

The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery Installation was a combination cemetery cleaning and art installation held on May 16, 2015.  The event was organized by Ed Janiszewski and Among Friends, a Lakeshore community mental health program. I was able to visit … Continue reading

Dream Interpret Grow

When younger, I read about dream interpretation, hoping that dreams were a language that could be translated quickly once I learned the symbols and syntax. As I became older, I realized that dreams are so personal that there is no … 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

Talking back to “Psychiatry’s Bible”

More on the Walrus coverage of mental health issues.  The current (May 2013) issue of Walrus includes an article by psychiatrist Dr. Kwame McKenzie on “Psychiatry’s Bible: What’s Wrong with the New DSM-V.” The original article can be found in the … Continue reading

Talking Back to “The New Normal”

The March 2013 Walrus magazine featured “The New Normal:  The Mainstreaming of Mental Health” an article describing current psychiatric care and research as embodied in the new buildings and grounds at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on Queen … 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