Survivor Art Warning

Keep in mind that survivor art is not about beauty. It reveals trauma...sometimes in a subtle way. Sometimes rather graphically. The beauty, to me, is in being a witness to my own healing from the images given to me by formerly traumatized and even suicidal alters.

Please use caution in viewing this site. I'm proud to be sufficiently healed to share this art (most of which was done from 1997 to 2000). All depicted in the images have integrated. This is me when I was "we".



This collage was a mystery for several months. Its meaning is something no normal person's brain would ever figure out. I won't say what it means because of the high triggering factor. Once I knew though, it made all the sense in the world. The bad guys made sure that silence was a well instilled message. I can't imagine a more traumatic thing to do to a child--to any living entity. I would have been about five. Symbols, while initially out of my awareness, became important for connecting collages to one another to show me a memory. For instance, the heart at the bottom of the collage is the profile of a woman in a lipstick ad turned sideways. Hearts went with Lucy and this went with her huge trauma memory which also goes with lips.

The middle right image is another part of me. I first came to know her by the artist whose work often appeared in
Communication Arts, the main source of my images. Nearly every item on my collages came to have significance...and it remained benign until I was internally given the meaning, always causing a significant eek factor.

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