I have had the privilege of working as an art therapy intern and volunteer in several child psychiatric hospitals for children under the age of 13. Most, if not all the children, suffered from a severe mental health illness/disorder. Many of them did not feel seen, heard, understood, and/or supported. My current body of work not only helps me make sense of these disorders and my experiences within the psych ward, but it serves as a way for me to heal and move forward. For many years I could not forgive myself and felt like a failure for not meeting the needs of the hundreds of kids I worked with.
Kimberly Canfield is a figurative sculptor and ceramist living in Parkesburg, PA and works out of her studio in Newark, DE. She enjoys making figurative work and sculptures, but also finds joy in making functional pottery for everyday use. She received her BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2017 from West Chester University of PA. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE and planning to graduate in May 2022. She has exhibited her work at NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, West Chester University, The University of Delaware, The Clay Studio, Baltimore Clayworks, and at The Art Trust in West Chester, PA.