Bodies of Work: Art & Healing

Pears (after Giovanna Garzoni) by Katherine Sherwood
acrylic and mixed media on found art history reproduction; 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles


Bodies of Work: Art & Healing

at the Sun Valley Museum of Art in Ketchum, Idaho, USA
12 January-23 March 2024

“Bodies of Work: Art & Healing” is a group exhibition featuring artwork by six contemporary artists who used their artistic practice as a way of exploring and processing their own experience of medical illness and the experiences of others. Working in a range of media and from widely varying points of view and experiences, these artists have made art as part of their own healing and to enable the healing of others.

Covid Book: Unbound by Estelle L. Roberge
collage and mixed media; 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

The arts have long served as powerful medicine for both mind and body. At the beginning of the 20th century, tuberculosis patients at sanatoria often participated in structured arts and crafts programs. Wounded soldiers recuperating during World War II were taught “lap crafts,” such as beading and embroidery, as part of their medical therapy. Many artists have made their practices an essential part of their personal healing.

Artists included in this exhibition are Dylan Mortimer, Estelle L. Roberge, Katherine Shaughnessy, Katherine Sherwood, Renée Stout, and Heather Watkins.

See the introduction to the exhibition by Courtney Gilbert, Curator, Sun Valley Museum of Art HERE.

(text adapted from material provided by the museum)


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