The Changing Wonders of Art and Beauty—Before and After a Brain Injury

Artist Ginny Ruffner believes that surrounding herself with beauty makes her happier in her head and heart ... and beauty is always changing.

If you're surrounded by beauty, it makes you healthier in your heart and your head. I think that really affects me. So I like to live in a beautiful place, and I like to keep it changing. I have a really beautiful garden in the backyard that has a lot of my big sculptures in it, and I keep that--well, the garden always changes by itself, but I keep changing that. My bedroom I have a-- The canopy for my bed is a stuffed peacock somebody gave me. It's a peacock with its tail open. It's huge. They're taller than me. So I thought, "This is a cool thing, but what am I going to do with it?" So I put it over my bed so it's like that. Everything in my house I mostly made it or I altered it or a friend gave it to me. I think that art is not in here; art is in here. Let me use the analogy of a composer. If you go to a concert of a Bach concerto, Bach is not in the audience, Bach is not conducting or playing any of the instruments. He didn't know how to play all the instruments in the orchestra, but he did know how to compose, and we know it's his work. It's the same kind of thing that our work can come out of here, and however it gets manifested, it is just a physical accretion of what's in here-- the creativity or the thoughts.
Posted on BrainLine September 19, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Ashley Gilleland, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.