Picking up the Pieces: A Suicide Prevention Project explores the difficult emotions and thoughts that accompany the subject of suicide and suicide prevention. The project is curated by artist, Stacey Wexler in collaboration with residents from Harbor View House in San Pedro, CA. Wexler and the participating residents transform two difficult subjects into an inspiring,powerful and cohesive dialogue
Picking Up the Pieces is an ongoing community art project that utilizes the fundamental elements of a jigsaw puzzle originally consisting of twenty-seven puzzle pieces. Each piece is an individual narration of the experiences the residents of Harbor View House had with suicide and suicide prevention. As a whole, the project encompasses a range of emotions, from the hopeless to the hopeful. Throughout the project's residency at Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC), the community will have the opportunity to expand on the discussion that Wexler and the residents at Harbor View House started. Blank pieces of the puzzle will be made available by AGCC and Wexler so that the audience may create artistic representations of their own experiences and thoughts on suicide and show what their hopes for suicide prevention look like.
Stacey Wexler has been working professionally in the arts for more than 3o years. She earned her MFA from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis in Ceramic Sculpture and her BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Additionally, she attended Art Center College of Design with a specialization in computer graphics. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at Los Angeles City College. Her own personal creative work has been exhibited nationally and in Germany, Italy and Hungary. She was selected as a resident artist at the Hungarian Multi-Cultural Center in Budapest in 2011. Stacey Wexler has a studio in Downtown Los Angeles.