“No person in our society is free from the affects of addiction”
Creating art to process, inspire and educate on the impact of addiction
with the support of a Project Grant from Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)
“Recovery Panes” is a multi-phase community project involving those who have been impacted by addiction. Participants created a small encaustic painting that represented their personal experience, strength and hope. The complex elements of encaustic, a molten beeswax based paint, uniquely allowed a symbolic and cathartic exploration of their experiences. Participants also shared a reflective written response to the process to be paired with their art.
All individual paintings are joined to form a larger work, framed and presented to resemble large windows with each painting representing a single windowpane. The art is interactive- the individual panels are mounted with magnets, allowing the viewers to rearrange the paintings, symbolizing our need to change our perspective and move towards de-stigmatizing addiction.
Both the ‘Recovery Panes’ and an accompanying catalog will be shown at Portland Center for the Performing Arts from January 5th, 2012 – April 2nd, 2012.