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Pandora’s Box

A. MacPhail, 2016

Reading the Times Colonist and found this wonderful description of the experience of Art Therapy. Tim Olsen, recovered alcoholic, went through the Miracle Valley Treatment Centre in Mission and enrolled in an art therapy program. He describes his experience, “You got canvas every day with black and red pastels that helped open the Pandora’s box. It brought out more of my soul, more of what happened to me.”

We all have a Pandora’s Box in our closet; sometimes holding unspeakable events/memories. Art making continues to amaze me as it unlocks the unimaginable, the unspeakable, and the unremembered. And the beauty of it is that within the making is the transformation. And through the transformation we may find the courage to change.