Palatine artist channels her trauma through the ‘Art of Weeping’

By Andy Graham
Medill Reports

Palestinian artist Mary Hazboun, 32, fled to the United States with her family in 2004 to escape the conflict her community faced in Bethlehem.  The violence she witnessed had a traumatic impact, which she now channels through her art.

Hazboun’s collection of drawings is called “The Art of Weeping.” It represents her personal trauma and also serves to prompt what she calls a necessary dialogue about mental health and the calamities of war.

“It’s a general invitation,” said Hazboun, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. “It’s an invitation for people to say to themselves personally that it’s okay to feel broken.”

Photo at top: Artist, folk singer and trauma survivor Mary Hazboun sits next to her artwork in her Palatine home. (Andy Graham/MEDILL)