Holding Teesha

Last week I learned that Teesha Moore, the art journalist who organized ArtFest last spring, suffered a stroke while undergoing emergency surgery.

It was a thrill for me to meet her last year after using her rubber stamps and collage sheets for years, and to get life-changing advice from her artist-husband, Tracy, about how to embrace art journaling—Keep it Simple.

I knew I needed to spend time holding Teesha in my heart, sending positive and healing juju just like the thousands of other artists who love and respect her and Tracy.  To do that I needed a focus, so I pulled out every scrap of “Teesha Stuff” I had—stamps, collage sheets, ‘zines, postcards, sticky notes, pictures from Artfest—and started a spread in my journal.

Her work is so fanciful, full of life and color—image layered on image, altered figures, funky lettering. But Teesha is also a Seeker, her artistic path cuts through a spiritual landscape.  She inspires many beginning and veteran artists with words of encouragement and a directive to go deep.

It was a joyous five days of altering her altered images, recombining them in my own way, paying homage while holding her gently in love and gratitude.

I knew I would send a copy of the pages to Teesha once I was done.  I wanted her to see her own creations speaking back to her, encouraging her, reminding her of the deep, creative core that disaster and disability could never touch.

She is a remarkable woman.  I have no doubt that with the support and love of her husband and girls, she will rise and recreate her life.

Wonder Teesha.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Catherine Cheng, MD
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 08:06:38

    Inspired and inspiring, Sandy Sue!! Speaking as a physician, I can absolutely confirm that the love and support of a network/community play a huge role in healing. The older I get, the more I also see that network is a product of both luck and cultivation, and I lean more toward the latter. The energy we put into our universe is what gets reflected back to us. How wonderful that you and Teesha live within each other’s orbits. ❤️

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  2. donnaanddiablo
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 09:48:16

    Oh Sandy, I’m so sorry that your friend suffered this tragedy. What a wonderful (and visually stunning!) way to show your support. Will be holding a good thought for her.

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  3. Littlesundog
    Apr 18, 2017 @ 11:16:19

    A stroke is life-changing. We often look at it with sorrow and suffering. But it can be a gift as well. I have seen miraculous transformation in people who have moved forward after a stroke. Your words,”holding her gently in love and gratitude” is the best kind of medicine to offer at this time.

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  4. TamrahJo
    Apr 19, 2017 @ 01:27:51

    Sorry to hear of this, but oh, how wonderful the pieces you put together ( I so envy your ability to take such pieces and put them together into something that makes sense, speaks to the heart, etc.) ALTHOUGH, from the sounds of it, I didn’t get hit by my stroke as hard as Teesha did – please know – those who can bear to wait while you heal is such a blessing – 🙂 If you haven’t yet read “Stroke of Insight’ by Jill Bolte-Taylor – seriously, her work, email communications, etc., was such a light on my path as I regained skills lost – I’m not fully back on some things, as before, but yes, I’ve gained so many perspectives and blessings, I wonder if I ever would have, had I not had a stroke – Blessings for you and your friend – loved seeing this kind of post! Healing from stroke is like so many other things – slow, long and maybe, things others think you ‘should’ be healed enough to do, one realizes, “Um, yeah, not interested in taking that path again – I’m different now.” – – [hugs] to you both!!! (P.S. I tried to reply to your email – STILL Haven’t sorted through stuff – and packed postal boxes – promise, will get to it soon! :))

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    • Sandy Sue
      Apr 19, 2017 @ 17:03:33

      I had no idea this was part of your life. I really believe these medical curve balls can take a life in a different direction if we are open to it. And don’t worry about the STUFF. It will find its way here eventually.

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