I found this quote in “The Book of Symbols” by Taschen, which I really love—”Sewing is art and design, the surgeon’s precise stitches, the knitting of wounds. At its source, sewing links us back, perhaps, to the fanciful idea of the body itself as “garment” of the soul, to the spinning of life and the threads of fate.” (Weichao, Yu. Ed. “A Journey into China’s Antiquity. Beijing, 1997)
These Monoprints are part of the cochlear implant series I’m working on, having my hair cut, the stitches I made with thread, the smiley faces, the gauze all play a part in these pieces. Everything is pretty much healed and today they turn the implant on! After that I will do a piece about what the world “sounds” like after they turn it on. My audiologist said the soonest he’s seen someone adjust is a month and the longest 6 months.
If you aren’t familiar with Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s book “Art as Therapy” and are interested these ideas have influenced me a great deal recently. I do feel though that art can be “therapy” for a society—to help realize the greater potential we are all capable of.