Healing Art

by on Sunday, February 1, 2009 12:16
This entry is filed under: Coping/Support
Evelyn, painting by Heath Rosselli

Evelyn, painting by Heath Rosselli

The issues with body image are prevalent for individuals who undergo surgery such as the colectomy to jpouch.  Many individuals struggle with the stoma and appliance and self-esteem/body image. Others struggle with the scars after all is said and done.  We rarely see ostomies and scars out in the world for people to easily view. I guess that is what makes this blog unique – just showing it all.  A recent exhibit at the Louvre in Paris shows a nude portrait of a woman after a masectomy due to breast cancer, Evelyn by Heath Rosselli.  The picture has won critical acclaim for showing the strenght and happiness in her face while removing the empahsis away from her female sexuality.  I also love the beauty of the Colondar for making art of the modified bodies of colon cancer survivors.  I figure we are making art here on this site, showing the beauty and truth of this body modification, while showing the support and strenght to get through the changes.  People really are remarkable when you hear their stories of survival and coping.

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4 Responses to “Healing Art”

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    Lizz says:

    February 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Great post. I’ve always wanted to take some “arty” post J-pouch pics with the scars in full view. I figure parading around in a bikini every summer is a start 😉

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    J-pouch Life says:

    April 25th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    […] I’ve been using the insomnia sessions to paint. Inspired by the Healing Art post, I’ve been painting things J-Pouch related. When you’re pre-surgery, creating art […]

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    chakras says:

    February 14th, 2015 at 6:24 am

    These actions generated throughout the Sixth Chakra are what grow into bodily manifestation in our lives.

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    pitbull fights says:

    February 23rd, 2015 at 8:34 am

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    Jpouch Life: Stories of Colitis, Crohn’s, IBD, Ostomy, Ileostomy & J-Pouch Surgery from around the world

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