From time to time we will feature various artists on these pages that we feel represent the broad scope of "healing through art" that the Survivors Art Foundation is dedicated to encouraging.
54" x 32"
Wendy felt like she was brought to her knees by the experience. All of life is fragile and very humbling. You look at things differently and appreciate all. There is a time when you accept what is and what will be and learn to go on.
||Be of Good Courage
77" x 49"
This painting was the first new painting executed three months after surgery. It represents all the flowrs, prayers and love Wendy received. Musical notes are emanating from the left ear of the figure. Wendy loves music and her perception of it has been altered due to the loss of hearing in her surgery ear.
Dr. Stutman is a Professor of English, American Studies and Women's Studies at Penn State University. She is the author of four books and over two dozen articles. She has participated in cooperative exhibitions with the UNICEF Organization and other Non-Profits. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. "I believe so deeply that we, as artists who have been so wounded yet have survived to sing, to tell, to create a world of beauty which enriches life, have a special gift and purpose as healers."
'"Suzanne Stutman's beautiful, poetic and moving book, "Broken Feather,' expresses the terrible, confusing, lonely emotional world of the abused and neglected child. It is also a heartening reminder that, alongside being scarred, it is possible to transcend childhood trauma and deprivation -- and, surprisingly enough, that such an assault on the soul of the child can, sometimes and somehow, lead to, as well as stifle, artistic creativity." -- Leonard Shengold, MD
"This thoughtful, honest and passionate collection of poems and pieces will immediately touch any survivor's soul. Beautifully written, it shares a personal and universal healing journey for survivors of incest and sexual abuse. It is truly a gift." -- Virginia Klein, PhD
This book can be bought from the publisher:
Manor House Publications
3501 Newberry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154
To order by telephone: 1-800-343-8464
For an excerpt from the above book, please see our Short Stories page.
Dr. Stutman's poem, " I, a Woman", will be read publicly for the first time next March in New York at the IHAN (The International Health Awareness Network) conference on "The Elimination of Violence Against Women," to be held at the United Nations March 8, 1999. More info about this event will be forthcoming.
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