The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Artist In Residence
As the Artist-in-Residence (2012-2016) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) I taught painting, sculpture, photography, batik, sewing, knitting, mask making, printmaking, miniature model construction, plaster casting, and drawing to children and young adults ages 3-30.
I taught them formal techniques but that was only the beginning. They changed me. I saw in them children full of rage, sass, humor, wisdom, and subversive transcendence. I was charmed and delighted. I was awestruck and quiet. Their vitality challenged me to work with more depth and integrity as a caregiver and an artist. I was enriched by the dialogue between their lives and mine, their art and my art; to let their wildness smash any remaining notions I had about what it means to be human.