SOMETIMES you just can’t say it with words.
But at a Wodonga exhibition, there is no need for words.
On the first day of Mental Health month yesterday, art work was hung and sculptures displayed at Creators Artspace for the Flourish exhibition.
All the work was created by eight artists, health professionals, students and those who found healing powers in expression.
Lyn Callaghan knows all about that healing power.
The Albury art therapist spent two years in Sydney working in a psychiatric hospital helping patients with mental illness or experiences of trauma.
“There was this man who had been a peace keeper in Somalia,” she said.
“We didn’t know what he went through ... but he explained through artwork when he was ready.”
The 35-year-old former army officer would make sculptures.
“He loves skiing and would recreate a story of a time he went skiing and by doing that he started to smile and recollect things that gave him pleasure and it led him to feeling better about life in general,” Ms Callaghan said.
“Simultaneously he was doing another work on his darker experiences ... on a gas mask.
“It was a release, he was unburdening himself through art.”
Anyone struggling or needing a release should try expression through art.
“We’re all creative souls, it’s just about finding the modality of creation that works for you.”
The exhibition, which runs until Tuesday, aims to destigmatise mental illness and show the healing and cathartic powers of creation.
Flourish is open at Gateway Island’s Creators Artspace every day, from 10am to 4pm, with the official opening at 11am on Saturday.