I'm glad you made it here. Please find art you love and some information to support your own art practice and grief work.
Grief can look like:
being emotionally numb.
being angry or irritated at the wrong person or circumstances.
having difficulty making decisions on your own.
a different set of sleeping patterns.
changed eating patterns.
a roller coaster of emotions.
reviewing relationships old and new.
not finding joy.
And you've tried a lot of other stuff to help and still not finding relief. It doesn't have to be this way.
Grief can arise from any change in a normal pattern and is the normal, natural and PAINFUL emotional reactions to loss or change of ANY kind. Grief can come from death, divorce, and 40 other types of losses. Not to mention the current unprecedent pandemic. Know your emotions are normal, natural, and unique to you! Relief from grief is contingent on the actions and tools you choose to support your journey.
Maybe my experience has parts like your own...
I’m a collage artist. I have a love for found objects, collage, and cut edges. Often in my work fragments, ghosts of materials, soft pencil lines, or patterns can be seen. Capturing these momentary voices accentuates the missing, forgotten, or things often left unspoken beneath the surface of loss.
By creating collages, I explore loss and grief. At eight years old, my grandfather died. The adults around me were heartbroken at his sudden loss. In their awkwardness, they gave me glue, magazines, and scissors. I was fully present in those sobering moments of youthful innocence about death and refused to lose my sense of wonder. This art practice cultivated an outlet for the unique conflict’s grief prompts.
Over a five-year period starting in 2005, my remaining grandparents, my father, youngest brother, several uncles, and my mother died. Bereavement made me focus on creating more artwork, then showing in public spaces. People continually reach out to me during my art shows, confused by their experiences with loss and not finding relief. Art history, my artist practice, and The Grief Recovery Method® have provided me with tools to work through my own losses. These tools are a powerful action-based approach to healing from life's deepest heartbreaks and I want to share them with you.
Sign up for a free 30 min Initial Consultation grief session. In this call, we will be talking specifically about what you have been through, how this is impacting you, and whether we are a good fit to work together. I'll be here when you are ready. Questions? Please email Beth.
All the Best,
Interested in supporting my work donate to my Patreon account.
Before finishing a BFA degree from Oregon College of Art and Craft as a Ford Restart Scholar, I was a certified picture framer and paper restorer for 14 years. In 2007, I was awarded an opportunity to live and travel through Italy studying the conservation of paper and art as reconciliation during the Renaissance and post-world wars. This led to the master’s program in dispute resolution. Through my art, workshops, and facilitations, I work with grievers to find alternate ways of expressing grief during disputes. Since graduating law school and finishing my training as an advanced grief recovery specialist, I have facilitated over 300 restorative justice groups for youth offenders, Courageous Kids sessions for parents, sexual assault survivors, grief topics for artists and several one-on-one clients. I’ve presented a Tedx talk on art, generational grief, and reconciliation. Recently, I co-facilitated two panels on art, race, grief, and privilege with Megan Malone. I also care for cultural property as a paper conservator and museum technician for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, and am continually restoring a Chandler and Price Letterpress machine.