“The world is full of suffering, but it is also full of the overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller
One recent, dark, winter day when the world seemed to swirl with illness and sadness, I began this journey. I was acutely aware of the suffering around me. I had friends and relatives with physical and psychic illnesses that were stubbornly persisting. I wondered about the relevance of my art-making and how it could contribute in any way to the alleviation of the pain I saw. How could my art be a restorative instrument?
I let the question dangle in my mind for a few days until one evening the idea for this project descended whole. I wrote in my journal for hours until the the idea was almost fully fleshed-out.
The Healing Hands Project is a series of sculptures and an accompanying film that explore the idea of healing. I plan to collaborate with healers from different traditions and perspectives to create a contemplative, immersive experience where people can come and contemplate their own healing. This project will be years in the making- both a daunting and exciting prospect for me.
As I learn from the healers, uncover new questions and work on the art and film, I plan to send out my wonderings, encounters and musings. I welcome ideas and questions from you and hope this will be an enriching discussion on the art of healing and the healing power of art.