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Below is the 150-word “expression of Recovery” and two photos of the work of art that I describe in this short statement:

Bessel van der kolk in The Body Keeps the Score argues that our bodies hold imprints of traumatic experiences but we can create new pathways for healing by having uplifting experiences that directly counter those negative imprints. This book inspired me to make a three-part work of art that includes I) a photo of me when I was 5 years old wearing my dancing school costume 2) a long tendril of glittery yarn suspended from the ceiling and pooled on the floor 3) a painting made with molten wax, in which I carved this small poem:

She caught up with you.
She is waiting to receive your love.
I kneeled down and talked to her.

The “she” is my inner child who has been running after me. Through recovery, I now kneel down and look into her eyes and tell her that I am here now to lovingly nurture her.


I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH) celebrates people who are the living Evidence of mental health recovery and the individuals and communities that support them.

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