Posts tagged art

If We Stand Like Trees- Hope in Art

If We Stand Like Trees- Hope in Art

I created this for my mother at a time when it was hard for us to have hope.  For me, yoga is centering for my body, and the poses are very grounding.  I painted us both in the tree asana with the quote “If we stand like trees, we can weather the storm”.

I Am Myself- Art and Mental Health

I Am Myself- Art and Mental Health

The pieces I have the most fun creating are the ones that I have no expectations for.  This started by some random shredding and gluing of newspapers, magazines,  coupons, plastic wrap, gum wrappers, and whatever else I was about to throw out.  Then, I spent hours just painting layers and layers of paint, trying to […]

Can’t Distract- Art Therapy for Anxiety

Can’t Distract- Art Therapy for Anxiety

I love creating inchie art, and in dire medical circumstances, this was the best way to express my uneasiness in the midst of uncertainty. Each individual inchie expressed a fear, worry or concern I had about my future.  I called this “Can’t Distract” because I was unable to take my thoughts away from this anxiety.  […]

Beautiful Surgical Disaster- Art as Therapy

Beautiful Surgical Disaster- Art as Therapy

My name is Amy Oestreicher, and according to doctors, I am a “surgical disaster.” However, at 26, I feel truly blessed. I may not have a stomach, but I sure am hungry for life. It started in 2005 – a week before my senior prom. It was our second night of Passover, and my stomach […]

PTSD Symptoms- Trigger

PTSD Symptoms- Trigger

I completed this piece after a late night flashback night-terror from my time deployed. I’ve found that recognizing what happens to our bodies during and after flashbacks is important for our struggle. Just putting our struggle to paper, be it in writing or art, is so important.

Hell Bent

Hell Bent

This piece relates directly to my continuous battle with bi-polar and my daily struggle with suicidal tendencies. 11″ x 17″ Charcoal & Colored Pastels Tits up And hell bent. I’m lying here Ready to die. A few rounds loaded And feeling fine. Found a nice field Where the trees do circle. Making a last stand […]

Come Home: A Brother’s Story

Come Home: A Brother’s Story

From when I was 19 until only just recently, my family and I watched my little brother slip further and further into the darkness of his own mind. The helplessness that we endured can only be described as hell. I am not a religious man, far from it, but I think back to moments where […]

Self Portrait- Art Therapy

Self Portrait- Art Therapy

Art Therapy The contemplative guy is me, but more generally it is a young man who is vexed by the world. His pallid complexion and the reddish tint of his eyes indicate his status as an outsider and an enemy. Above him though I put the Tarot sun. I think I did this because I […]

These Fearful Transformations- Healing Through Art

These Fearful Transformations- Healing Through Art

I have often been very isolated. I grew up in a rural community. A strange kid and the son of immigrants, I had a hard time fitting in. Eventually, I became obsessed with the enmity, and how the fixation warped me. Often in my art I am the enemy, and I am beset by the […]

EMDR Painting- Peace and Love

EMDR Painting- Peace and Love

This EMDR Painting is a very powerful depiction of how this specific form of therapy works to reduce trauma. EMDR is used to treat trauma symptoms and it uses bilateral stimulation to slowly work through each memory and help you feel distanced from it. If you could picture trauma in your brain, each memory would be isolated, […]