“I think art just sort of heals me.”

Nathalie Trytell 2

Last year my daughter Nathalie’s artwork and poetry were featured in an exhibit at the Queens Museum in New York dedicated to those suffering from Neurofibromatosis Type 2, a degenerative illness that took the her life 4 years ago. Through the help of a friend, the exhibit is now showing at the Tufts University Art Gallery in Boston. I know Nathalie would be happy that her work is reaching a wider audience. She had to deal with huge challenges in her brief life, and her art was a vital ally in the struggle to give her life meaning. As she said in a video that was part of the original exhibit—art is “my way of being happy. I’ve gone through a lot of shit, and I think art just sort of heals me.”

 

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