Art as Therapy| Winter 2018

Juror: Jackie Furtado, January 2018 Artist Resident

"'s not an image I'm seeking, it's not an idea. My goal is to relive a past emotion. My art is an exorcism, and beauty is something I never talk about....the subject of pain is the business I am in - to give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering. The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses." - Louise Borgeois

For this open call we are searching for those who find catharsis through their image making. How do you use art to understand yourself and the world around you? How do you find art to be useful as a therapeutic tool, in your personal practice, and in your daily life? Share your images and your stories with us! 

Georgia Schwender

“Prescribed Burn” is part of a larger body of work, “Prairie Interpreted”, which I have been working on for a few years using digital photography and cyanotypes. The prescribed burns occurred in November of this year at the restored tall grass prairie at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia IL.  These prescribed burns have completed the circle I have been working towards. The fire speaks to me of the patience of regeneration after being viscerally consumed. The knowledge that in the spring the prairie will blush with greens, bird calls pierce the wind and pollinators begin their quest. It is in these details that nature and art are therapy for me.

Georgia Schwender has been the curator of the Fermilab Art Gallery since 2001, but has been immersed in the art world for as long as she can remember. She is primarily a photographer, specializing in the alternative and historic process of cyanotype. Her creative spirit and fascination with the natural world fuels her interest in the connections between art and science. 


Mark Lobo |

For the month of October, I avoided all sources of news media. Even discussions of news with friends, coworkers and family was avoided. I programmed my camera to capture a single image every 30 minutes of a newscast. The images captured served as the source material for the project. I would review the images and write captions to the ones I found the most compelling. The re-assigning of text and image creates a dreamlike resonance between each image and what is written below it. This process allowed me a space to gain an understanding of current events that reached me more deeply than the day-to-day anxiety that they normally induce. 

Mark Powers Lobo is an artist from Northern Illinois. Born in Lake Forest, he received his BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University in 2000. He also holds a certificate in Web Design from the SAIC and has been exploring the medium of photography since 2014.

Vasiliki Sandali

In this series of photographs I am exploring various themes revolving around the self and at the same time, tracing my inner world; to grope at myself, at my feelings, my body and its sexuality, my vulnerabilities. Through this photographic introspection I am reflecting upon time, the fear of death, the distortions of the soul, about my internal sounds and conflicts. While this is an attempt to detect my inner self, it also represents my drive for an atonement delivered through imagery.      

Vasiliki Sandali was born and raised in Athens, Greece. In 2010 she participated in ‘Open Screen Project’ (which was part of Athens Photo Festival). In 2016 she participated in Photometria Festival (in the section ‘Parallel Voices’), in the exhibition ‘Nude’ organized by the “Photographic Circle.” In 2017 she participated in the photography and video art exhibition “My gender, Myself” organized by Photography Center of Thessaloniki with her project “Groping”and with the same project she participated in a satellite exhibition of Athens Photo Festival, in June of 2017.