See how some have found living with depression through art
While traveling through Kohler, Wisconsin I visited the Art Preserve of the John Michael Art Center, and I was inspired by the dedication of the artists who were featured on a three-floor exhibit named Artist-Built Environments. As it is with so many gifted beings (which we all are,) some of them passed on before they knew their value was recognized.
They spent years focused on their craft for various reasons. Loy Bowlin, 1909 – 1995, from Tennessee spent 20 years depressed after his divorce but then found solace in adorning his home and artwork with glitter, color, and rhinestones. He called himself the rhinestone cowboy.
The Healing Power of Art
A Vietnam veteran, Gregory Van Maanen, born in 1937, took decades to work through the lasting effects of the violence of war, and with -traumatic stress disorder he processed his feelings in his New Jersey apartment. He expressed his emotions by the painting of skulls, all-seeing eyes, open palms, and “good magic.”
Through thousands of works, he faced his demons and found a path forward. The Kohler Foundation has acquired over 3000 pieces of his works. His overwhelming display speaks to the daunting task of overcoming psychological trauma. Van Mannen continues to express himself in upstate New York and remains dedicated to the healing power of art.
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Emery Blagdon, 1907 – 1986, from Garfield Table, Nebraska had little interest in farming so he spent his time exploring electricity – its mysteries and its potential use in healing. So after his parents passed on from cancer his work grew.
The Kohler Foundation acquired his healing forms in 2007 and now one can feel the healing power of his work as one walks through dozens of his creations that hang on the walls of a barn built in the Art Preserve. I defiantly felt the energy coming from his symmetric forms made from copper, tinfoil, beads, and paintings.
Fred Smith created a concrete park and I had stumbled upon it years ago. How delightful to see some of his concrete people at the Art Preserve. Stella (Rosenblatt) Waitzkin, 1920 -2003, creator of Details of a Lost Library, featured hundreds of resin-cast books and objects that lined the walls of her home in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City.
You Too Can Find How to Live with Emotional Struggles
What moved me was how these individuals found a way to live with the pain of depression and still be creative. Yet, some of them passed on before they could see how their art is now honored.
So if you live with depression let these people inspire you and see how the following healing codes can begin to ease your pain.
- 25 37 536 for painful memories of the past, both conscious and subconscious (PTSD)
- 29 63 586 for depression in children and adults
- 72 84 555 for panic attacks
- 24 824 9625 to increase motivation
- 42 58 725 for fear
- 66 82 121 for anger
- 76 33 121 for problematic thoughts
- 44 70 831 to enhance a spirit of discovery, adventure, and zest for life
- 25 36 933 for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- 25 39 579 for bipolar disorder, mania
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