A naked woman sits in a wooden chair that rests on a cloud amid a blue sky. Two cats float nearby as the woman lifts a mirror to her face to find her hair is ablaze.
The striking painting, known as “Charlene” by an artist known as Redd, is among the works on display at a special art exhibit at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The artists are adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, psychiatric problems, other mental illnesses and substance abuse problems.
The exhibit is the result of an alternative form of treatment: creative arts therapy.