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Survivors Art Foundation

Visual Arts 13

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Jenny Hahn Neely
shikuns@gvi.net
Jenny was diagnosed with anorexia in 1999, and has spent much time focused on self-healing. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a major in Illustration. "I had heard many stories of relapse after in-patient hospital care, and, despite what the doctors said, insisted on taking responsibility for my own recovery. I realize this is a mental, emotional, and spiritual deficiency with physical side-effects. Changing behavior does not produce lasting results. I have devoted my time to journaling, prayer, meditation, visualization, and painting. As I have gained health and insight spiritually, I have also gained physical health in the form of weight. I now continue this process. I would like to offer hope to others in their journeys."

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"Paralysis of Perfection"
30" x 20" Oil and acrylic on canvas

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"Driven by Fear"
22" x 30" Acrylic on canvas

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"Infected"
13" x 11" x 2" Mixed media

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"Numb"
13" x 11" x 2" Mixed media


Lucille Dratler
From Ms. Dratler's biography: "A babyboomer, born in Cleveland, Ohio, Lucille grew up in a safe, protected suburb of Los Angeles where people no longer spoke of the devastations of a war not long ago, nor of the millions who shared her heritage. The world was looking toward the future now, toward prosperity, trying to forget the not so idistant past, since the atrocities of World War II were still too fresh, and society needed time to digest all that had happened. Yet Lucille carried inside her every cell of the ravages of that war, the pain and suffering of millions, and the sadness of her mother's victimization at the hands of Adolph Hitler a decade before her birth. These scars were embedded in here and millions like her. Lucille's identification as being the child of a Holocaust survivor was a branding, a deep scar she would have to live with forever. Yet this was Lucille's life. And along with the pain she was given a gift. The gift of creativity. The ability to make art. And it was through this magnificent tool that she was able to reconcile her difficult past and forge a path toward the future. Lucille transformed the urgings of her inner, deeper soul into visual images that not only chronicle her journey of healing and recovery, but similarly explain the voyages of many."

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"Helpless"
15" x 20" Graphite

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"Warmth

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15" x 20" Graphite

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"Embedded"
24" x 18" Graphite


Tim Stempel
Tim Stempel was a victim at 14 of a violent crime conducted at gunpoint ... twelve years later, still suffering from post-traumatic stress, Tim discovered the therapeutic nature of art. The trauma was at the core of his awakening as an artist. Mr. Stempel is self-taught, and has studied artwork in Paris at the Picasso Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He has been exhibited and published internationally. "I am a self taught artist and paint from the direct result of life experiences. There are various psychological overtones in my work that are derived from memory. I combine figurative and abstract images to explore subject matter. I use a combination of traditional materials to execute my paintings. ... The surface of my paintings appear familiar and safe. It is the psychological content that confronts the viewer."

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"Embrace"
Mixed media on linen, 36" x 45"

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"Sleeping"
Mixed media on linen, 48" x 36"

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"Man & Woman"
Mixed media on linen, 36" x 24"

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(Title and media not specified)


Lottie Davis
Ms. Davis refers to herself as "mentally challenged." She works in pen and ink, or graphite, on drawing paper.

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"Covington"

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"Martin"

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"... Heaven in her eyes"

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"Kings"

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