Express my voice

I remember myself as a 9-10 year old who comes to school every day and is speechless when asked to answer a question in the classroom … tears would choke my throat and block any possibility of making a sound …

The teachers, who called my parents from time to time, claimed that they had no idea why the child who proved her abilities in tests and other activities was paralyzed at these moments. My parents had no answer, and certainly neither did I …

Today I know that the anxiety of answering with an inner feeling that I would not be understood was then comparable to death …

To my delight, this traumatic experience prompted me not to give up, to try to find a way to be clearer to those around me, and led me to many communication channels  such as art, writing, music and mysticism through which images, words, sounds and messages arrived…

To the wide range of these channels I have created for myself I have called a ‘ communication range’, and as this range widened further, was greater the chance of being understood and clearer to myself, to people close to me, to those who are more distant, to audiences who come to my exhibitions and performances and read my writings, to my patients and to my students. ..

I believe and know that each of us has a voice that is only his, which can be ‘discovered’ and can find its way out and be heard …