Welcome to Inspiraculum, virtual home to Melinda Schwakhofer
I am an American born artist of Muscogee (Creek) and Anglo-Austrian descent. I currently live on Dartmoor in the southwest of England with my True Love, Steve Coxon.
I have been an artist all of my life and began working with textiles in 1997. Since then, my practice has expanded to include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.
Since 2006, much of my work has been focused on my Native heritage. Like many Native people, I grew up tangled in an unspeakable web of inherited trauma which had been handed down through the generations. As a textile artist, I follow threads of half-forgotten memory: tying up loose ends and unpicking and stitching back together the cloth of our history.
Through my personal journey and training as a Counseling Psychologist, I have come to find that deep healing that can be done through art making. Art making has given me a way to process and speak about things which have been hard to find words for.
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