Catharsis refers to an emotional release for the characters in a literary work, or an emotional release for the audience of the work. In Greek, the word catharsis literally means "cleansing". The emotional release that characters or the audience experience during the catharsis can lead to a sense of forgiveness and renewal. Most tragic works of literature end with catharsis.www.wikipedia.com
This Blog is being created to fulfill a requirement for a graduate course,ART 5364:Feminist Research Methods,which I am enrolled in as a part of the MAE Degree program at Texas Tech University,Spring 2015,instructor Dr. Kristi Humphreys.
We began this course with the reading of a book titled,Live Through This,edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev. This book includes poems,songs,artwork,performances and essays by 20 creative women.These women,( according to p.11 of the introduction), "who have dealt with self-destruction,and lived to tell the story....."are the type of women I would like to place my focus on for this blog.The purpose of this blog is to communicate and reachy. out to women who have experienced trauma. This should be a place for healing and I feel in order to heal one has to begin by telling their story.I want this to be a safe place/ a sacred place where anyone who has suffered trauma or has known someone or has an interest in helping women who have suffered, can express their voice through personal art of their own/writings/songs/photography/poetry
I made this art,titled, Eight pink Crosses,mixed/canvas,5' x 3', in response to my readings about the femicides In Juarez, Mexico. The book which informed this art ,The Daughters of Juarez by Teresa Rodriquez,is a powerful and disturbing account of the horrible "atrocities" involving these very young women such as rape,kidnapping, mutilation and killings.
|Eight Pink crosses,mixed/canvas,5' x 3',2015|
My hope is that anyone who has been affected by trauma,mental or physical,will feel safe enough to post their art/poetry/songs/writings here!