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)
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.
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
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!