For the past four months Mind Yourself has held a series of Visual Art workshops with their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group. The participants were encouraged to share stories as a group and create imagery individually.
Over the course of the sessions themes arose spontaneously: identity, privacy, faith, transition. Spoken stories and poetry were recorded during the making process, adding narrative layers to what was being expressed visually.
Eamer told us of how she learned Gregg shorthand many years ago. She says that it saved her, because she was able to write down her thoughts and feelings in a secret code that few other people could understand. This is how she felt able to write poetry.
Bernárd’s Story (cont.)
But I do have a hope. I am able to say, having seen and been with so many people dying, that [as Emily Dickinson says] “This life is not conclusion”. I think there is a possibility of more, whatever that more is, and to be able to help people to be open to the possibility of more without using religious terminology - you can call it God, you can call it Buddha, you can call it love, you can call it the universe - to be able help people to be open to that possibility and have that artistic sensibility is to be able to enable them to live. And to die.