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

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

Touched By Fire Seventh Annual Show and Sale

On November 26, Touched By Fire, held its seventh annual art show and sale at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.  The pieces displayed were chosen by jury and included drawings, paintings, photography, multimedia and digital works by 58 practising professionals, art students, and … Continue reading

Introduction

Bare Witness - Here We Are

Why does art have anything to do with mental illness? I have worked for years as a clinical psychologist in Toronto.  I was respectful, but not particularly interested in how art contributed to healing until artist Susan Schellenberg asked me … Continue reading