Artist Statement / Bio

Since I began my studies as a psychologist, I have been interested in the important role that culture, religion, and the arts play in shaping narratives of suffering and transformation.  This has led to me to focusing on the role of the expressive arts as a powerful tool for exploring the nature of traumatic experience and awakening the healing capacities in individuals, families and communities.  Painting has been a primary focus to explore my own internal life and family history as well as in working in therapy with clients. In my work with the Chilean and Liberian refugee and Post 9/11 communities in New York City, I have found theater to be a powerful way of eliciting the embodied experiences of suffering and resilience and finding a way forward.