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By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD

“Exquisite Pain – Exquisite Joy: Artistic Expressions of Anorexia and Bulimia”

This art show sponsored by Foundation for Change, has shown in a number of galleries along the Wasatch Front since October 2000: The Springville Art Museum, Art Access in Salt Lake City, the SCERA Gallery in Orem, and the University of Utah Art Gallery. The exhibits have been well received and have been effective in promoting awareness and improved understanding of anorexia and bulimia and those who suffer from these disorders.

A few of the many comments recorded by visitors suggest the impact of the art work:

“My heart is full of the powerful influence of this work. I hope the scars of living will somehow heal so these young women will be able to live lives of joy.”

“I was so impressed with how much emotion comes out of this work. I truly hope people become more educated and understanding.”

“Thank you for the courage and truth of your work. It means a lot to someone like me who struggles and has struggled with depression and anorexia. Thanks!”

“The art is terrific! It is extremely emotional and it makes you really step back and think.”

“What a glimpse into the pain of these young girls. Even through the ugliness of the pain, I sense great beauty and souls waiting to come forth free and triumphant.”