Cont’d from blog 1 of 4, May 9, 2015 https://redandorangehouse.com/2015/05/09/the-red-orange-house-conducts-first-workshop-to-fulfill-symington-foundation-grant/) The drawings and writings highlighted in this blogpost and the 3 subsequent blogposts speak to the power of art as personal and community medicine. Tolstoy believed that the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between artists and viewer. Philosopher Alain de Botten believes art is not mere aesthetic indulgence, art is a tool — a tool for both artist and viewer that serves a rather complex and important purpose in our existence~ to help us remember, find hope, feel our sorrow, re-balance, discover self-understanding, grow and appreciate.
My two recent Bodyscapes Technique art workshops were conducted for women living with, surviving or loving someone who has cancer. The words and the pastel drawings offer you new visions of illness~ from those who know it best. Their work reaches Tolstoy’s noble heights, using boldness, humor, pain and hope to heal both themselves and the rest of us.
De Botten says, “we have intuitions, suspicions, hunches, vague musings, and strangely mixed emotions, all of which resist simple definition. We have moods, but we don’t really know them. Then, from time to time, we make or encounter works of art that seem to latch on to something we have felt but never recognized clearly before.”
“Diane,” Janell wrote, “today’s workshop was such a journey~from angst to enlightenment. It took me out of my head and into my heart~ the possibility of holding my head in my heart. It allowed me to transfer the tangled, confusing and painful aspects of this cancer experience into writing and color~ relaxing into the acceptance of Divine Being and sacred purpose. The entire process was so intuitive~ realizing that spirit is conscious. It felt as if the words and forms of the “true self” were always there, under the surface. ~it is the extra sensory knowledge of this life’s discipline.
It refers to bringing the anxious, thinking mind into the loving and limitless depths of the heart