"The process of art therapy is based on the recognition that man’s most fundamental thoughts and feelings, derived from the unconscious, reach expression in images rather than words." (Naumberg 1958: 511).
I know quite a few artists.
I know painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, and more. Nearly all of them are traumatized by adoption either as a mother who lost a child or a child who lost a mother. I am always deeply touched by their work. I am envious. I have no such talent.
Julie Rist, Joanna Fisher, My friend Jean, Bonnie Landau, Ann Fessler, Lina Eve, Jan Kashin, Celeste Billhartz all come to mind immediately when I think of adoption art.
I want, correction, I crave an Adoption Trauma Art Museum. I want one place where all these amazing artists can display their work. Shoot, if I had a home and a garage, I would start one there.
As a communications professional I teach (okay, preach) daily that indivduals absorb information in different manners. Many will be touched by words (as this blog has touched some), others will be touched by music, and still others by imagery. I believe we need to use all mediums when we speak adoption reform. What appeals to a Radio Baby will not appeal to a Gen Y. We need to use all communication channels available to us.
The latest artist to cross my path is Cynthia Albrecht (BSE mom, 1979, in reunion for several years). She has given me permission to post these photos of some of her work. I am not inserting in line for I believe to really feel it you need to look at them individually first.
View "Before Adoption" by Cynthia Albrecht. Take it in. Look it over. What does it say to you?
Then come back and view "After Adoption" by Cynthia Albrecht.
Finally, view this one titled "Birthmother" by Cynthia Albrecht.