I am a part of something greater than earth and buildings. I am made of the ash from burnt souls, the light of countless suns and the lessons of those who have been here before.
In my search for asylum, I trust people I do not know. I travel through unfamiliar landscapes along grey highways, only aware of my solitary existence.
Who will dare to know me for who I am? I am you, the child, the parent, the friend, the creative force that gives peace and absolution.
I have come to this place to be without fear of torment and shame. I must exist where my life is valued, where I can hear my voice and I am invited to stand.
Since my journey began, I have sought peace and belonging. Only now, when I look through the forest trees to the stars, do I realize I am home wherever I am. Part of the whole, part of the universe.
Lesa is an artist, author, and advocate for mental health recovery. Her colourful multi-media art is inspired by and testimonial of her recovery journey and life experience with trauma and severe depression.
“As a World Citizen Artist, I believe everyone has a story and that these stories make our world a cohesive and colorful tapestry. Our collective experiences are the foundation and motivation behind great ideas and practices concerning the heart, mind, body and soul.”
(Painting: Starlight Forest)