Vermont College of Fine Arts
College Hall Gallery
36 College St., Montpelier, VT 05602

Tues, October 9th, 10 am–8:30 pm
Wed, October 10th, 10 am–1pm & 5-9 pm
Thurs, October 11th, 12–9 pm
Fri, October 12th, 12–9 pm
Sat, October 13th, 10am-7pm

(INTER-)NAL

MAKING MYSELF WHOLE

David Graves

Can creative processes help repair the traumatized brain?

For the first two years of life, the brain uses sensory information to process the world, and a majority of that information is digested visually. When excessive adverse stimuli is experienced at a young age, it changes the way our brains develop and thus, changes how we digest and react to stimuli throughout our lifetime. Using visual (creative) stimuli as adults, can we retrain our brains to recover from past trauma and relearn how to cope with, react to, and process the world around us?

By combining my own traumatic recollection and creative processes with interviews exploring other’s traumatic memories, I’ve begun to examine art as a coping mechanism, and creativity as a way of restructuring the brains response to stimuli. I have documented my personal journey to recovery, and used the accumulated research as a sort of guide, for traumatized people, and the people around them.

Vermont College of Fine Arts
College Hall Gallery
36 College St., Montpelier, VT 05602

Tuesday, October 9th, 10am–8:30pm
Wednesday, October 10th, 10am–1pm & 5-9pm
Thursday, October 11th, 12–9pm
Friday, October 12th, 12–9pm
Saturday, October 13th, 10am-7pm