New installation at Venus Envy

05/02/2010

Check out my latest art show at Venus Envy!

I’ve dedicated this installation to the Chronic Pain Team at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. The show features 6 mixed media paintings that I made years ago but never wanted to show publicly, until now.  In the centre I’ve hung an encaustic painting which was completed only a week  ago – just as I *graduated* from the Chronic Pain Management Group Treatment Program.

Until recently, I had been unable to cope with the ever-changing yet constant pain of fibromyalgia. Being admitted to the pain program was like winning the health care lottery.  For 4 weeks I had access to two physiotherapists, a psychologist, an occupational therapist, a vocational therapist, a recreational therapist, a social worker, a medical specialist, a nurse, a pharmacist and a dietitian! Using a collaborative and holistic approach, this group of professionals were able to train me into new habits which will help me live better. I’ve been back to the “real world” for a week now and can honestly say that the program has changed me and the way I experience pain!

The installation I’ve got up at Venus Envy was partly inspired by an art therapy exercise we were invited to do at the Rehab Clinic. I don’t like to tell people what to see in my paintings .. . so just come check it out and let me know what you think.

Bonus: if you drop by Venus Envy on Saturday, February 6th you’ll get to partake in their 9th birthday celebrations!  Enjoy the artwork and stick around for prizes, cupcakes and 20% off every toy in the store.

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