"If we can be fearless, to be with our pain, it turns. . . It only doesn't change if we refuse to look at it. But when we take it in our hands, when we can just be with it and keep breathing, then it turns.” ~ Joanna Macy, writer
The Intimacy of Memory: The Art of Loss, Love and Remembrance (IM) is designed to support individual healing and to promote conversation on grief, loss and memory. IM is unique because it approaches the subject of grief using art as a central connector and concludes, when possible, with a public art exhibition and community-wide dialogue.
IM workshops invite participants to make a piece of art based on objects they kept after a loss. The objects provide a starting point for their work. For some, their painting is a marker and celebration of the person they are honoring. For others, the art reflects the complexity of a relationship and allows for the non-verbal expression of strong emotions.
Experiencing the death of a loved one or another profound loss can be devastating and the fear that we will never be without grief can cause us to shut down and turn inward. This can lead to isolation, especially when we cannot find the words to communicate our feelings to others. Non-verbal experiences, such as making art, can help to create meaning out of loss and to share our insights with others. For so many, it is the loneliness that comes with grieving a significant loss that can do more damage than the loss itself. How we step into our grieving—whether fresh or decades old—can determine how we move forward in our lives. There is much to be gained, however, from stepping into our losses and supporting others as they do the same.
Click below to read about Intimacy of Memory Offerings and to see Commission Art