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Lisa Dewar, Artist living in Kingston

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Artist's Biography

I became a social worker to make change in the psych community. I am a feminist lesbian who has been through the psych system. I have been raped, stigmatized, not treated, and overly medicated. I am 61 and have basically been subjected to adversity all my life. The stigma alone of mental illness keeps us down.

Artist's Statement

Art to me is the expression of some of these "stigmas"; it creates an outlet for emotions such as anger and frustration. Art allows me to express myself without judgment and opens me up to compassion.