I’m grieving. I lost my beloved son, Devin, to a drug overdose on February 4, 2018.He celebrated his 32nd birthday just a few months prior while in rehab treatment.He wrote in his journal, he felt good and strong; and he was committed to his recovery. In the end the disease won-out. My beautiful, witty, bright, hilariously funny boy was carried out of a Baltimore apartment in a body bag.
INTO LIGHT project is the answer to process my pain, the confusion, the anger and the deep wrenching sadness I carry with me.
I can’t say when the project became clear in my mind. These things start and stop and there were lots of murky meanderings; but eventually it was clear. I wanted to use my portrait drawing to help ease the pain of others who had experienced a similar loss.
So, I decided to exhibit fifty portraits calling for individuals of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to provide a platform for recognition and conversation about drug addiction. It’s that simple… a grieving mother’s artistic journey in the aftermath of drug addiction.
I can fill my soul with sadness and anger, or I can fill my soul with love.
To document through personal portraits the tragic loss of life to drugs. Through the eyes of Theresa Clower— INTO LIGHT will not only provide a viewing place, but a forum for sharing stories and support. Each family will be gifted with the original graphite portrait.
The portraits and narratives of each lost life will be displayed so families and friends can gather to celebrate their loved ones. A catalogue including a picture of each of the fifty drawings, accompanied by a narrative will be published in conjunction with the exhibit.