While she was creating a piece meant to calm children who have been abused, artist Sue Clancy didn’t have to try very hard to imagine what her audience would be experiencing.
The 47-year-old Vancouver woman is a survivor of childhood abuse. She said that donating one of her pieces to the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center was an honor.
“When I was a kid, I would look at whatever was on the wall and that would help calm me down,” she said. “I’m hoping it helps with that. I desperately needed something to help me feel OK. I hope that it provides that function.”
The bright, colorful piece on display in the center’s lobby was unveiled Monday. The artwork depicts a cat playing with a bus and a dog — the center’s therapy dog, Tabitha — reading about modes of transportation. Sprinkled throughout the piece are symbols that hit on the theme: Life is a journey and this is a stop along the way.
“It’s more than just a gift to the center,” Executive Director Mary Blanchette said. “This is something special because it’s something very personal as a survivor of abuse.”