Our local chapter of NAMI wanted me to post on my Blog about the upcoming event (May 4th at 7pm) at the Portage Library to help bring awareness to Mental Health.
I will be doing a talk on Art Therapy and my daughter will be doing a class on Zentangle Inspired Art.
Some of my quilts will be on display and, there will be a shelf of books that I have found helpful, as well as a notice about My Story Line Quilts at Copper Country Mental Health.
Having my quilts and my story on display at the local library is a bit daunting. Again, going public has its moments of angst.
Mostly from the old church members and/or family.
In order to promote mental wellness, you are saying where you are unwell.
Displaying secrets, scars and family shame.
and, in fear.
I do this for the ones who are like me; out and aware, and struggling to find a path that honors you and brings you peace, love and joy. To find the self that was lost in the swirl of abuse patterns.
With my art, I am bringing to attention the darker side of life.
The juxtaposition of my message and my art is remarkable and yet, isn't there beauty in the truth?
I myself feel healthy and whole mentally, I know that many will not see me that way.
The old words from long ago echo when I publicly display myself.
Today is my mother's birthday.
Our estrangement is my wellness.
This is what I display.
Daring to show the unspeakable....is, being a Badass!
She kept quiet; what I speak out loud!