www.katheryntrenshaw.com

www.katheryntrenshaw.com

Breaking the Silence

Masks and paintings to raise awareness about and catalyze healing from child sexual abuse

click for slideshow of 25 masks

We have worn masks for as long as we have been a human species. We have worn them as disguises and distractions, for protection or to make a statement. Our ancestors made them of wood and bone and shells and clay. In our contemporary culture, however, we tend to wear more subtle masks – ones of flesh and psyche. Many of these masks have been created in response to abusive power. Often we are not even aware that we are wearing them.

There is an art to discovering habitual, “invisible” modern masks. There is an art to appropriating and transforming their energy to a new purpose. This is what Breaking the Silence is all about. The exhibit (consisting of over 80 pieces of art) has toured for ten-years to make visible a whole range of visceral emotions in response to the abuse of power. The collection of raku masks and paintings has received international acclaim. Originated to promote awareness of child sexual abuse, it has evolved, in response to viewers’ and therapists’ requests, into international workshops on healing through creativity. Katheryn is currently working on completing a Breaking the Silence book to bring the power of the exhibit images and the healing wisdom of creativity together between two covers.

We are immersed in a culture in need of healing from abusive power, in need of images that speak what we feel. Breaking the Silence presents these images, and offers itself as a catalyst for healing.

click for slideshow of 25 masks


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