“It looks and feels and functions more as a precious illuminated prayer book,” a colleague wrote after seeing the catalog. Click here: Catalog-Bodyscapes Draws What Ails US, 2015
She continued. “My art background set me up to expect the catalog to be a documentation of the show. However, because of what Bodyscapes is all about, it belongs not with my art books, but with my self-help and spiritual ‘reference’ books. Any material before this that I have encountered which deals with cancer, from someone’s personal story, is often scary for me to read or hear. Naturally, I start to be drawn in by their story. Then, unconsciously, I put up a protective wall and on it is written: I’m glad it’s not me. Cancer happens to special people who have special powers to deal with it. That’s not me, thank god.
Your catalog had a different effect. I think the Bodyscapes process of healing enables, the art and poetry, to transmit the human wisdom of how to heal oneself in a way that bypasses our fear response to cancer so that the viewer/reader is instead activated for their own healing, from whatever they find extremely challenging in their own life.
I notice that effect in myself and my sister in reading the catalog.”
Here is a link to the exceptional exhibition catalog created by the extraordinary graphic designer, Zanne deJanvier. The art show runs until September 3oth at The Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland. It can be viewed Monday-Thursday 1-3 PM.