"Getting involved in therapy and/or therapeutic art projects takes a lot of courage, but the creative journey is an interesting road to travel."
About Foster Eastman:
I am a multi-disciplined artist whose work examines social and cultural issues often shrouded in taboo and stigma. Recent exhibits have considered diverse issues including the challenges returning Veterans from Afghanistan face as they reintegrate into civilian life, as well as installations that leverage visual arts practices to give voice to those struggling with depression and suicide. Our lestweforgetCANADA mural and Tribute Pole were exhibited in Canada House, Trafalgar Square UK.
Losing a friend to suicide coinciding with a rash of suicides by returning Canadian veterans motivated me to get proactive…how could I help?
One way was to create art projects teaming veterans from Afghanistan with community members to discuss war stories and better understand their experiences. Another was to create art installations by collaborating with participants willing to share their struggles with depression. This was something I could do that could perhaps be helpful and cathartic for everyone involved.
Therapy and/or therapeutic arts
Putting yourself out there.
Talking about it
Do what you need to do to be happy. Get out of town. Move 2000 miles away. Change your name. Go back to school. Get a new job. Find new friends. Keep your family at arms length. Do whatever it takes to be happy – that’s what I did.
“even if you fall flat on your face, at least you are moving forward” – Richard Branson
– Foster Eastman, is a multi-disciplined artist based out of Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
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