R&O House Returns to Oakland to Conduct Bodyscapes Healing Art Workshops at The Women’s Cancer Resource Center

Bodyscapes Healing Art Workshops--Year 2--at WCRC in Oakland

Bodyscapes Healing Art Workshops–Year 2–at WCRC in Oakland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mer, 4th Sign of the Zodiac, 2016 pastel on Fabriano Paper,

Mer, Untitled, 2016 Pastel on Fabriano Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to my second round of funding which  I received last fall from the Lloyd Symington Foundation, I conducted 2 Bodyscapes Healing Art Workshops for women living with or have lived with cancer.  I returned to the Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) in Oakland, where I had such a successful workshop and reception last July.  (Link to September 15, 2016 blogpost)

https://redandorangehouse.com/2015/09/15/view-pictures-from-the-opening-night-art-reception-bodyscapes-drawing-what-ails-us-funded-by-the-lloyd-symington-foundation/

The 11 recent participants included  4 returning Bodyscapers, keen to do new work illustrating feelings, emotions or side effects brought on by cancer, chemo,  surgery, recovery, remission and/or relapse. 2 new participants chose to engage in BOTH Bodyscapes sessions.  A total of  15 drawings and poems will be included in the 2016 Bodyscapes/WCRC art catalog and art exhibition to be held Thursday, October 20th from 6-9 PM at WCRC in Oakland.

Their pastel chalk drawings reflected what hurts the most in their body, as a result of cancer.

Carolyn Mann-Grove, Untitled, 2016, Pastel on Fabriano Paper, 11 x 15

Carolyn Mann-Grove, Untitled, 2016, Pastel on Fabriano Paper, 11 x 15

Anonymous, Untitled, 2016, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 11 x 15

Anonymous, Untitled, 2016, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 11 x 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their poems do that thing so crucial to poetry. They exposed the vulnerable part of everyone’s heart and reminded us of the unique rightness of our own feelings.

Carolyn Mann-Grove, Ode to A.D.D La Di Da,  2016

Metastasis:  to place in another way

Torso:  trunk of statue, especially figure lacking head and full limbs

Upset:  overthrow overturn defeat

So… be a diagnosed disorder

I have choice to:  0verturn, overthrow defeat it

and/or:

To place in another way.

Look Ma no chemo, no radiation,

Lotsta herbs N wuwu gonzo let it rip

These remarkable women, use the Bodyscapes art-making process to reveal and explore what is happening to their bodies and spirits.  Bodyscapes is heavy subject matter – but it can be a joyous interactive experience!

Returning Bodyscapers and new participants

Returning Bodyscapers and new participants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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