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Artist as Healer

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:55pm

Like so many artists it was easy at first to believe that I create art for its beauty.  Over time and based on the work I was creating I came to understand that, for me, the art was the process.  The amazing thing about art is that it is truly a two step process, the creation and the viewing.  Yesterday I wrote about Amber Augustin and today I’m here to tell you that she’s not only an artist but a true healer.  The amazing thing is that art is truly a universal language; we just don’t get enough practice speaking it.

Now that I’ve had time to reflect on Amber’s work I’ve come to certain conclusions about why the art she creates for these parents facing difficult times is so healing.  Amber’s photos are respectful and intimate.  She honors not only the child who is truly defenseless at the moment of birth, but she serves as the child’s protector by watching over the child with the healing energy of an angel.  She’s able to capture the intimacy we know exists between a parent and child within the parameters of a hospital, the NICU to be more specific which is often impersonal, loud and intimidating.  Finally, she allows the child, whether the child lives as her son did or not, to have a legacy.

Think about those viewing the photos.  Extreme Makeover Home Edition set up a gallery and invited the families touched by Amber Augustin’s generosity and eye for the miracle of the child.  Their appreciation for the work was inspiring.  Their capacity to hold the pain with grace speaks to each family’s spiritual and emotional stamina.   Amber helps to build a community so no one is left out in the cold.

We all need angels in our lives like Amber Augustin.  If you have been touched by art for your own healing process I hope you’ll share your story with us.  I know that artists are angels.

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