Look in the Window

Old Windows, New Views:

The Healing Power of Art

Each of these windows contains collages and sketches which lend insight into the process of accessing understanding and increasing a sense of well-being. Some of these collages were done with Art Therapist, Beth Newman.

Throughout cancer diagnosis and treatment, I was engaged in dream analysis, various forms of introspection and observation through journaling, collage—flat and book style,—art therapy, poetry, moving slowly, making dreamcatchers, pictographs and big colored windows. Exploring a variety of media with the intent of making sense of and expressing what was happening both inside and out—this was my extension of that art therapy.

I accomplished my goal of trying every free activity provided for breast cancer patients. It was because of the the cooperation between SVHC Integrative Therapies and SVHC Cancer Center in grant acquisition and administration that I was able to participate in, and benefit from, the following offerings:

  • Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Art Therapy (six sessions)
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Look Good, Feel Good
  • Casting For Recovery
  • Cancer Support Group (with Bernard Bandman)

I am forever grateful for all the support I received.



Color and Healing

Cobalt blue helps reduce the impact of electromagnetic fields on humans. Reds and oranges ignite hunger for food and company. What color is cancer? The interplay of lights and darks in the color/energy terrain lends insight into our bodies and our dreams. Working with my hands and with forms and colors makes me happy.

Putting the artworks and exhibit together took me back through diagnosis and treatment various times—a process that proved to be both therapeutic and transformative, allowing me to see my records and expressions of experience evolve into artworks, which in turn helped me see myself not only as a patient, but also as a stronger, working artist. Making art proved to transform deficiencies and difficulties into assets and opportunities.

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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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