‘Resilience’ focus of exhibition

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Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery just opened its second exhibition of the spring semester with “Trauma: Artists’ Reflections on Healing and Resilience,” that is running through April 18. There will be a reception on April 2 from 4-6 p.m., and an Artist Panel on April 11 at 2 p.m.

This emotionally impactful collection, co-curated by artists Annie Claflin and Ted Meyer, delves into personal narratives that examine both visible and invisible wounds to communicate, educate and reveal that art is not only a tool for expressing pain but also a vehicle for healing. The participating artists contemplate varied subjects such as war, cancer, sexual assault, and mental health. Artistic media like painting, fiber, and video integrate stories of harrowing life events in an exhibition that ultimately conveys solidarity. Alone, these artists communicate their physi¬cal and psychological pain through glitter, fabric, wood, imagery, and audio, while col-lectively inviting the audience into their healing processes.

The intersection of trauma and artistic practice can be a profound exploration into the depths of human experience and expression. Trauma, whether emotional, psychological, or physical, can etch indelible marks on an individual’s psyche, shaping their worldview, perceptions, and modes of self-expression. For individuals who have endured trauma, art becomes a vessel for processing and reconciling with their past experiences. It serves as a medium through which they can articulate the inexpressible, confront their demons, and reclaim agency over their narrative.

Participating artists in¬clude Alexandra Carter, Annie Claflin, Ayin Es, Jada Fabrizio, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Patricia Fortlage, Siobhan Hebron, Daniel Leighton, Linda Litteral, Krista Machovina, Ted Meyer, Mhairi Morrison, Dylan Mortimer, Rosalyn Myles, Kathy Nida, Alice Marie Perreault, Dominic Quagliozzi, Jane Szabo, Susan Trachman, Christiana Updegraff, Melissa Watkins, and Julie Weiman.

The gallery’s daily walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. and closed Friday through Sunday and legal holidays. Student and visitor parking for the Spring 2024 semester is complimentary. Please only use the unmarked white, student parking stalls.