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DEEP SHELTER empathy and nature

Here is a preview of the work being carried out by Deep Shelter where artwork, nature and sensory exploration is being combined in a formative therapy for people facing serious illness.

“Deep Shelter is an ongoing artistic process that started off with the creation of audio-visual work that serves as empathic trigger. The work is based on the illness/trauma experience using nature as metaphor.

This led to a 3 year artist residency in Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC), Mater Dei Hospital, Malta for artist Pamela Baldacchino. Here she is researching the value of Deep Shelter together with Dr. Benna Chase, Principal Pyschologist at SAMOC. The residency also focuses on collaboration with staff so as to help create a ‘holding’ environment through art donations, artist workshops for site-relevant work using a design thinking approach. Together with Marika Fleri, National Cancer Platform Co-ordinator we also worked to create SIX, a workshop series that allows the patient to experience connection through the senses. “

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