Opening Reception – May 4 2015

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The 3rd annual Piece of Mind Exhibition was hosted by the British Columbia Psychological Association in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library this year. There was a vibrant energy in the air as the general public viewed art centred on the theme of resilience, as well as participated in interactive activities designed to stimulate discussions about psychological health. A new addition to this year’s opening night festivities was a “humans of New York”-inspired activity, where the general public’s thoughts about psychological health and resilience were live tweeted throughout the evening.

The general public appeared to be particularly interested in hearing the perspectives of the artists, as the panel discussion was very well-attended. This year’s participants included artists Stephanie Drake (Bloom) and Corrin Howes (Nebula), as well as registered psychologist Dr. Beverley Kort. The artists shared the inspiration behind their artwork and their perspectives on resilience.

Stephanie Drake's "Bloom"

Stephanie Drake- “Bloom”

When asked about what they hoped to evoke with their art, Stephanie Drake described her creative process as “expressing an experience outside of words” and shared that her artwork reflects the that during times when she loses her aim, it does not mean that she has lost her sense of purpose.

Corrin Howes - "Nebula"

Corrin Howes – “Nebula”

Corrin Howes identified that with her artwork she strived to cause the viewer to stop and slow down for a moment. Dr. Beverley Kort revealed that the art included at the Piece of Mind Exhibition were selected not only based on artistic merit, but also on the emotional impact of the works in order to stimulate conversation. She also asked the audience to consider what you’re thinking when you view art.

The panel was also asked about their thought s about what helps people to be resilient. Stephanie Drake suggested that resilience needs to “practical and cultivated”, and indicated that resilience is knowing when to reach out and find support. Corrin Howes shared that the loss of a dear friend led her to resume painting after 15 years, as she knew that she had to “bounce back” following this loss. Therefore Corrin Howes defined resilience as the “ability to bounce back”, as well as “the ability to say ‘this is a new level of normalcy’ when things are hectic or fast-paced”. Dr. Beverley Kort revealed that “resiliency is something you can learn, not something you’re born with”, and stated that psychologists can help individuals develop resiliency by helping us expand on our capacities and be the way that we want to be by helping us develop a better understanding of ourselves.

When asked about how participating in POM helped the artists think differently about resilience, Stephanie Drake stated that viewing artwork helped her see others’ moments of reflection and highlighted to her the importance of sharing these moments and building a community. Corrin Howes shared that she draws strength from creating and that a big part of her journey has involved pushing through obstacles, fears, and insecurities. Dr. Beverley Kort asked the audience to think about psychologists in the same way that they think about dentists. While dentists care of your teeth, psychologists care for your mind when you may not have the resources.

– By Vanessa Hazell, BCPA Intern 

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