Photos taken by contributor Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT from NYC. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years, mainly in capacity as an art therapist and psychotherapist. March 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of my private practice held in my TriBeCa, NYC art studio. I work with adults and children and have a lot of experience working with people struggling with bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma and PTSD, ADD, eating disorders and addictions, as well as relationship and sexuality issues and creative blocks. I enjoy my work as a healer and especially love to see my patients blossom into finding their creative selves, which I believe is a key element for healing for both me and my patients.
About these photos: “I work in New York City near the DIA Gallery where the Outsider Art Fair 2013 was recently held. This photo was taken on Feb.3 2013, the last day of the Fair. While I love “Outsider Art” and find it very inspiring, it was so refreshing to come upon this wall down the street from the fancy gallery where the Outsider Art Fair was held and to see this work of real outsiders, people who need to create and are not in any program or place where they are recognized, artists truly in the margins. Both images were humorous and profound kinds of self-portraits and remind us that the true “Outsider Artist” is the artist who creates out of pure necessity; it is what keeps the person alive who lives on the margins…”