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Art Therapy

Art Has Been My Anchor

As a survivor and “thriver” of 27 surgeries, Amy Oestreicher turns to art for stability.
February 2017 Vol 3 No 1
Amy Oestreicher
Westport, CT

 

I found art accidentally on my way to healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and have learned that it is one of the most rewarding, productive, and beautiful ways to spend one’s time while going through such an ordeal.

I tend to work with many layering and mixed media materials—anything from tissue paper to fabric, buttons, papers, or toilet paper—whatever I found in hospitals as I recovered. I paint whatever I feel in my heart.

Creativity is an essential mind-set and empowering tool. Painting has allowed me to express things that were too painful, complicated, or overwhelming for words, and through painting I’ve discovered the immense healing power of art. I’ve now taken the lessons I’ve learned from my canvases and applied them to everyday life.

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