After being diagnosed with Schizo-Affective disorder I attempted many things to
find balance in my life. Art was a large part, but so were different therapies and
outings with social workers. Group therapy was often recommended. I attended
several different groups. It wasn't for me. Too often I left with more baggage to
carry than when I entered. I needed healing.
We all need some healing. Some way to come to terms with our histories and to
find a new path forward. This performance was my action toward that path.
Guests attending the reception for the exhibition "Multiples: identity" were invited
to join me in this act of healing. Ushered into a silent room many guests participated
for a couple hours as we repaired many broken pieces.
I glanced around and saw many with their eyes closed, taking in all that the space
was offering. As a metaphor for their actions I glued piece to piece. We all
participated in healing what had been broken.
I learned a lot about healing. I learned what the presence of community does. I
learned that not all the past fits back the way it began, but it still belongs to the
whole. I learned that healing is an action best suited for inclusion and that
its precepts are amplified when the experience is shared with a community prepared
to carry each other through the process.
A special thank you to all who joined me for this experience, and to the Chicago
Printmakers Collaborative for allowing me access to their space for this opportunity.
What I Learned About Healing
Performance done at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
October 11, 2014
2014 Matt Bodett