#32 – Healing Through Art


My guest is Jennifer Linton, a successful artist living in Toronto, Canada. Jennifer is also a wife and a mother,as well as a regular listener to Shrink Rap Radio. She is also an incest survivor. Through her work in the fine arts Jennifer has found a way to process the anger, pain, guilt, humiliation, and betrayal that are the inevitable result of such early childhood abuse. Jennifer is also courageous enough to share her story with us in this interview. She also drawns upon the Greek myth of Persephone and the Catholic saint, St. Ursula, who is depicted on the right, having slain the Gorgon. You can find more of Jennifer’s art, as well as newspaper reviews, on her website. Our podsafe music selection is “I Wonder” by the sensational Natalie Brown.



  1. suz
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    this was a great piece. i love the work. after listening to it, i was reminded of the following book: The Dreaming Way: Dreams & Art for Remembering & Recovering (Paperback) by Patricia Reis (Author), Susan Snow (Author). the Dr. Suz review is mine, publically testifying to how much i liked the book.

  2. Reinhard, bookworm
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Another great show! I applaud Jennifer for her courage and her resiliency! Never underestimate the healing and utterly transforming power of art that is deeply touching.

    That always reminds me of the Schubert Song “An die Musik” that starts with the famous words “Du Holde Kunst!” (“Oh Gracious Art!”). Of course the words of the song don’t just resonate with the art form of music but with all kind of arts:

    “O gracious Art, in how many grey hours
    When life’s fierce orbit encompassed me,
    Hast thou kindled my heart to warm love,
    Hast charmed me into a better world!

    Oft has a sigh, issuing from thy harp,
    A sweet, blest chord of thine,
    Thrown open the heaven of better times;
    O gracious Art, for that I thank thee! ”

    You have to listen to the song itself to appreciate the whole impact of the sentiment, give it a try 🙂

    Reinhard from Austria

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