For the third year, I am sending IFS themed collages to Dick Schwartz’s January IFS retreat on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. The small works commemorate my eldest brother Michael who taught watercolor painting at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu campus. His watercolors and hand-stamped papers are mixed with my acrylic painting pieces, cyanotypes, fabric, solvent image transfers, with machine stitching and hand embroidery. The eight C’s and five P’s of Self energy are added to these gifts of healing and rememberance for the retreat participants.
What a vibrant and successful Cambridge Open Studios 2019! How grateful I am to family and friends and new buyers for your love and support. Themes this year for my exhibit were personal and political: the Compassion Series and Climate Crisis Series. (on sale in the New Work section) “Sewing on canvas?” was a curious lean-in-to-look question for the mixed-media Compassion paintings. Rich discussions on the climate crisis, with one teary viewer relating how her mother survived the California fires. Mexican photographer, Carlos Arzaga was drawn to the “climate refugees” fabric collage. Also, there was interest in my processes to create cyanotypes in the Climate Crisis 8″x8″ fabric collages, and the rust colored textiles in the Rusted Trees Series. Internal Family Systems was a welcome topic with the sale of the new Qualities of Self laminated posters. (find in the IFS section) Thank you to my fellow artist, Mantaj Hans and her children for the continuous music and energy during the weekend. More info: www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/openstudios
Richard Schwartz, PhD, accepted a custom painting entitled The Hope Merchant, as a gift of gratitude from me. I presented the painting to him during an IFS training at the Cambridge Health Alliance in April. Thank you Dr. Schwartz for founding the Internal Family Systems paradigm that is used in psychotherapy, addictions treatment, conflict negotiations, childhood education, and as a personal daily practice. IFS extends compassion and hope in a world of complexity.