Gordon-Moser, Shattered, The Voice healed with art.
June 2008. I looked around the locked ward (for suicidal patients) at the Silver Hills psychiatric hospital in New Cannan, CT, wondering “how the hell with 16 years of sober and clean time I wound up here”. Before I was released, I realized that my love of art was more than just a hobby, it could and would help me stay alive.
Sitting silently with my hospital roommate I started tearing bits of color from the donated magazines. Ripping and arranging, tearing and crumpling on the hard table surface. I asked the nurse behind the protective glass for art materials, “There weren’t any available”, I was told. Not quite with it lol... I asked for scissors and glue. I was given a wry smile … some child safety scissors and a glue stick.
Before I was considered safe for discharge, I had gathered six other patients to create art with me. When I was released, they gave me back my shoelaces. This mosaic is what I created while there. ‘Shattered’ 2008, spoke volumes when I couldn’t.
Creating art literally kept me alive, and gave me a purpose. I went on to get my Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus 15’ and founded the Branford Art Center and YMG Wellness LLC in Branford, Ct. I hope to share my personal experience with others by using the ‘process of making art ‘ as a healing tool. Won’t you join me?