Artist Rotten Elf is inspired by the healing nature of art. Her colourful painting “Baby Hughie” graces the cover of this issue of Room of One’s Own, and several black and white prints of her work are scattered among the poems and stories. Many of these stories and poems deal with healing, in literal and symbolic, physical and spiritual ways.

Artist’s Statement

I do not view the purpose of art to be esoteric or commercial. I believe, as an act of faith, that without aesthetic images continually being created and recognized the human community suffers. Art is medicine for the spirit. The creating and witnessing of art are rituals benefitting our souls.”

Rotten Elf lives in Kitchener, Ontario. She has a master of arts degree in religion and culture from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her artwork, some of which focuses on eating disorders and the psychological fragmentation of abuse, has been shown in several galleries and art websites. Elf’s email address is max@sentex.net.



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