healers and survivors of trauma art gallery
Judy Castelli

Most of the art in this gallery had its beginnings in The Multiple Journals. I began writing these journals in 1994 when I was flooded by memories of childhood abuse. After a lifetime of mental hospitals, suicide attempts, despair and confusion, I was diagnosed with MPD/DID (multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder). I have come to recognize the 44 separate personalities residing within my one very tired and crowded body.

This is my art and my life on these pages. I am a Survivor, and an Artist. I know who I am - all of us. My ability to dissociate from the abuse as a child is the only reason I am alive. I consider MPD to be a blessing. In the Multiple Journals the personalities were encouraged to write and draw.

I looked inside for answers. It was there that we found healing. Some of the drawings in my Multiple Journals was later translated into the art you see here. Some of my earlier art is included so that you can see what was there all along, what was overlooked and dismissed. It is the wonder of the Child that gives us hope, that brings us joy, that insists that we "Choose Life."

[Judy also runs the very informative Mental Health Matters! website.]

 

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Wonder
Wonder
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Butterfly
Butterfly
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Here I Am
Here I Am
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The Tree Woman
The Tree Woman
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Mother and Child - Blue
"Mother and Child"-Blue
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The Wonder of It All
The Wonder of It All
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