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TIMES and PLACES

The wound or schism, as I like to call it, has been a recurring symbol throughout my life’s work.  Ever since as a teenager I heard about the Centaur Chiron the wise healer with the incurable wound of Greek mythology.  This guided me to discover, through Joseph Campbell’s writings, that this character is common in many cultures’ myths to represent the healer (Campbell, 1949). So, I have started with making wounds and a portrait of my wounded child. While making these works, I noticed that right now I’m not emotionally identified with myself as a victim or even a wise healer due to my art practice, they just are a part of me and I care for them and don’t ignore when they speak out or need to go slow and there is treasure now in those wounds. The gold represents love, acceptance and kindness around ones wound. The wound can be a valuable resource and the ability to have compassion with one’s mangled dark bits truly gives you the ability to be present with the suffering of others (Bager-Charleson, 2010, p. 44).  The little guy looks a bit like a monk!