With infinite compassion and understanding my broken heart is healed…

This is incredibly beautiful and moving both. –In my soul resides a steadfast confidence, because in my heart I found a world full of warmth and light, where, with handkerchiefs of unconditional love my tears were being dried and with infinite understanding and compassion my broken heart was being healed.

There I could dress myself in self-confidence, walking on sandals of acceptance. Where I drank hope from a cup of pride, and ate a wealth of knowledge from plates gilded with truth, with cutlery made from my colored dreams, at a table dressed by Mother Nature. …[click on title to read and view the rest]

Healing from Psychiatry: An Artist’s Perspective

Alison is right her situation is not unique, I too was struck in similar fashion and have corresponded now with thousands of others who have been too. I too found many different artistic forms of expression to be a critical part of transforming my experience and healing. This is a very informative video and Alison’s project also strikes me as deeply inspired. … [click on title to read and view more]

Ode to a flower

Richard Feynman’s friend should have known better than to bait the scientist — yet Feynman’s response proves the point: an understanding of the flower’s cellular structure, its evolution, and the evolutionary function of its beauty are all steps away from the experience of beholding a flower’s beauty.
When Feynman says he might not be “quite as refined aesthetically” as his friend, he’s marginalizing the value of perception, yet a flower is irreducibly an object of perception.

Isolation and stigma in the art of Craig Hawkins

Stumbled across this series of paintings by the young artist Craig Hawkins the other day.  Beyond the stated themes of the series, I think they speak very well to madness, stigma, and dehumanization. His description of his work: A series that seeks to question the way we hide. Dealing with isolation, and compartmentalizing. What feels safe […]