Pastel drawing of a liver by Diane Sciarretta. The Bodyscapes Program is an art experience inside the Red & Orange House

Liver Invasion by Diane Sciarretta, 1995 Pastel on Fabriano paper, 36” x 24”

Liver Invasion by Diane Sciarretta, 1995 Pastel on Fabriano paper, 36” x 24″

I opened the book. I saw a liver. I fell in love. I sat quietly, mindfully, cried, then, I began to draw, allowing any and all fanciful images to come into my mind without editing a single one.  (read the story in the “about me” link in the right side bar) When finished, this took a couple of days, I opened the dictionary to the entry, LIVER.

First, I saw the words LIVELY and LIVING. But, I was doing none of these. I was sick. Next, I saw the word LIVID. That I was! I ran my finger down the page of my beloved my college dictionary. 

Liv-er \’liv-er\ n 1 : large glandular organ that secretes bile and causes important changes 2 : a determinant of the quality and temper of a person.

Liv-er fuke n : any of various trematode worms that invade the mammalian liver

Liv-er-ish \liv-(e)-rish\ adj 1 : resembling a liver esp in color 2a : suffering from liver disorder. 2b. : crabbed, melancholy

Liver Changes by Diane Sciarretta, 1995 Pastel on Fabriano paper, 36” x 24”

Liver Changes by Diane Sciarretta, 1995 Pastel on Fabriano paper, 36” x 24”

I looked at one of my drawings. Certain words from the dictionary entries offered personal insight. 

“I am not lively nor happy living. I am livid. Important changes will determine the quality of my new person. Maybe, I won’t be crabbed and melancholic forever.”

The Red & Orange House relies on support from individual donors to maintain our work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Each gift brings another art-making experience to a patient’s bedside or their family while sitting in the family surgical waiting room. Donor benefits include a weekly subscription to our upcoming newsletter. You can share in the powerful healing moments experienced by program participants and their families. 

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