Past Event

What I Learned About Healing

Performance by Matt Bodett

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Friday, October 6, 2017 – 3:00PM to 6:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria


Drawing inspiration from Buddhist koans and the mythology of the Greek hero Herakles, artist Matt Bodett performs a series of twelve multi-sited works titled, Twelve: a series of performative koans. These performances, presented as part of his residency sponsored by 3Arts and Bodies of Work, focus on mental health and complex roles that surround those diagnosed. Each performance commands a new dialogue and offers a new way to experience notions of identity, suffering, healing, language, and stigma. Featured at Gallery 400, What I Learned About Healing, is the sixth performance in the series.

Matt Bodett is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist. Bodett received his MFA and BFA from Boise State University, however his greatest education came when he was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder in 2005. This diagnosis dramatically altered his life and raised questions for him that seemed unanswerable. It was in the depths of this illness that Bodett discovered the complex relationship of art and healing and began to use a visual vocabulary to express the changing world he was experiencing. Aside from the advocacy efforts of his studio practice, Matt volunteers with mental health patients and serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Therapy through the Arts.

This event wheelchair accessible. For other disability accommodation requests, please contact Matt at as soon as possible. Please refrain from wearing scented products. For more information about the project and the schedule of performances, please visit:

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