Reflections on Art as a Healing Process
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, California State University Dominguez Hills
This presentation will focus on imagery as a vehicle for physical and emotional healing. I will describe the way my work has evolved over an extended period of time, blending science and art to reveal relationships between form in nature, form in human physiology and behavior, as well as the forms that are present universally in all alphabets. Drawing from years of solitary wilderness sojourns, as well as experience in diverse world cultures, including Tibetan Tantric visualization and Kabbalah, I will address the ways that the work seems to give access to the hardwired wisdom of the body as the repository of intuition and intrinsic knowledge – leading toward health and behavior benefiting the greater good.
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, BA, MFA, is a painter, writer, theorist, filmmaker, lecturer and Professor of Art at California State University, Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles). She works in a multidisciplinary manner including art, design, anthropology, architecture, theology, philosophy, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and world culture. An internationally exhibiting artist in over 200 exhibitions since 1968, Hirsch’s paintings have been acquired by many major public and private collections, including the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; Alexander Braun Collection, Budapest; Bank of America National Banks; and the University of California Medical Arts Collection, Los Angeles. Hirsch’s work has been reviewed extensively worldwide, has appeared on covers and within dozens of international
publications, including articles on her work, Hirsch’s own articles and theoretical papers have been published in scholarly journals including Leonardo (MIT press). She recently authored the book Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin (Vehicule Press). Her film Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe is an investigation into the relation between origin of alphabet, pattern in nature and the neurology of perception and cognition. Her current film, Reading the Landscape, brings these concepts to children of all ages in sixteen languages and cultures. Hirsch’s more than 150 awards, honors, grants, fellowships and residencies include the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine’s (ISSSEEM) Alyce and Elmer Green Award for her “innovative
blending of science and art” and an award from US National Endowment for the Arts. Hirsch’s awards and residencies include the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine’s (ISSSEEM) Alyce and Elmer Green Award for her “innovative blending of science and art”; US National Endowment for the Arts; CLASS Foundation, CO; Banff Center for the Arts, Canada; MacDowell Colony, NH; Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy; Tyrone Guthrie Center for the Arts, Ireland; St. Martin’s School of Art, London, England; Rim Institute, AZ., Morris Graves Foundation; Songambele Arts Festival, Kenya.