"This show is for anyone who suspects that someone they love might have an eating disorder. It's an exhibit about a new approach using artwork by and for patients -- with accompanying oral history by the recovering eating disorder patients.” Nancy Gershman
MSB Gallery, NYU Langone Medical Center at 550 First Avenue
Exhibit runs from March 18th through April 12th, 2013
(Free and open to the public)
Opening reception: March 21, 2013
For The Brides of Ed*: Art Exhibit Featuring Pioneering New Approach To Treating Eating Disorders
NYU Langone Medical Center's MSB Gallery opens March 18th with a collaborative exhibit by prescriptive artist Nancy Gershman and psychotherapist Lauren Lazar Stern
New York City, March 1, 2013 | The women who work with Pittsburgh-based art psychotherapist Lauren Lazar Stern, MA, ATR-BC, LPC and NYC-based prescriptive artist Nancy Gershman all suffer from a range of eating disorders which numb them from feeling hurt, conflicted or anything at all. There are the over-eaters; the binge or binge-purgers; the restricters; extreme dieters and over-exercisers. Only one thing takes precedence over boyfriends, husbands, jobs, friends, hobbies and studies and that is their primary relationship with “Ed" (their eating disorder).
In the exhibit "Brides of Ed*: An Integrated Approach," opening March 18th, Stern and Gershman introduce their pioneering approach for helping patients divorce the eating disorder part of themselves and reclaim what they loved before Ed. Stern’s techniques come first, with expressive arts exercises. On display next are the tools used during the visual, auditory and tactile processing of EMDR.
The third portion features the Healing Dreamscapes co-created with Stern's patients, along with patient testimony. For each prescriptive photomontage, Gershman combs for the patient's wishful reality, creating visualizations of a past or a future with happier outcomes. "The sensory imagery, symbols, metaphors and narrative elements," says Gershman, "trigger the brain to retrieve a memory, re-encode it and thus, transform it." These tangible objects of hope act as surrogate reinforcers in Stern’s absence and a reminder that there is life after Ed.