2o years ago, I created The Bodyscapes Technique during a dramatic change in my health. I created it to better communicate to my family what I was thinking in my mind and feeling inside my body. Then, I dreamed I would create a non-profit organization, win a grant, conduct Bodyscapes art workshops for people living with illness, mount an exhibition of their art work and poems, produce an art exhibition catalog and host an opening night reception. All those dreams came true, July 23rd, 2015.
I also held an additional dream which came true. 14 women came to my Bodyscapes workshops. They arrived, women living with or surviving cancer and women with loved ones who have fought cancer. They left, artists using cancer as the subject matter of profound and insightful artwork, showing that art-making during a crucial time in one’s life is a vehicle to find personal meaning and share that insight with loved ones for family healing.
My gratitude and joy are overwhelming.
‘The opening last night was inspiring and memorable for me, my friends and others I talked with.” -Artist, Chava.
“The Bodyscape reception was a smash success! I had a chance to talk with many of the artists at some length in front of their paintings and texts, wonderful people all. The exhibition was quite remarkable — vivid memories of both the pastel drawings and the poems — and I came away with great respect for the WCRC and the staff people I met.”-Toby Symington, Director The Lloyd Symington Foundation
“The work is truly remarkable. The images and the words are deep, authentic and revelatory. I found healing in looking at them. I think it is through the possibilities they presented. Something about getting inside the actual body and creating a healing image or movement, along with the words to support the image, that holds great power. Well done in listening to your inner guidance and following your heart! You are a visionary with the skills to bring your vision into being. The world needs you so thank you for answering the call!”-Katrina Mayo-Smith, Treasurer Lloyd Symington Foundation