Katherine Gilmartin

Visual language was my first mode of honest communication. Age ten, I drew explicitly how I felt, dark, left it on the stairs for my mother to see. No response. Had a baby at 21, wrung out the art school education for every drop of time I could to be around those who could see and tell me what I was feeling. Seven years, one inappropriate marriage, a divorce and a colossal crisis, and a year of PTSD therapy later, I still visually communicate first but I have the words for the emotions. Since doing the Finding a Voice 2017 exhibition I have taken keynote roles at Mental Health Conferences and used my lived experience and paintings to teach part of the Domestic Abuse unit for the 3rd Year Clinical Psychology Students, UEA. Finding a Voice 2018 is scheduled for October 2018 at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich.


Art has the ability to create reaction. It can open up a space for connection and compassion. It can heal trauma by bridging the void between what is seen as acceptable and the ‘othered,’ the vast sea of disconnect trauma can bring.


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