Slow Dancing with Fire: A Memoir of Resilience

Slow Dancing with Fire: A Memoir of Resilience

by Brahna Yassky
Slow Dancing with Fire: A Memoir of Resilience

Slow Dancing with Fire: A Memoir of Resilience

by Brahna Yassky


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As an emerging young painter in New York City, Brahna Yassky lived her dream, working full-time as an artist and supporting herself with her work, attending art openings and going to clubs, and painting scenery in theaters. In 1982 a flame shot up from her stove and burned 55% of her body. In Slow Dancing with Fire Yassky chronicles the day she was burned, the three months she spent in the burn unit enduring an arduous healing process, and the next full year of physical and occupational therapy. She feared she might never paint again or have an independent life. Would any man ever find her attractive enough to want a relationship? Over time Yassky's resilient spirit guided her to build a new life. She earned credentials as an art therapist and helped others heal from their traumas by engaging with the creative process. She adopted a daily practice of swimming, both as a meditation and a way to loosen scar contractions. The New York City Department of Health commissioned her to create a mural on the outside of a building in the South Bronx and posters for every subway car. She joined the Guerrilla Girls, a women's artist activist collective whose mission was to fight racism and sexism in the art world. She wrote and directed a film about the day she was burned, casting an actress to play herself, thus objectifying the experience and eliminating her personal identity as a burn victim. And finally, she married a man she never would have dated before the fire because his greatest attributes were kindness and nurturance, not coolness and worldly success. Her story encourages the belief that building a resilient spirit and healing our wounds and traumas are not only possible but exhilarating.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781956056273
Publisher: Shanti Arts LLC
Publication date: 04/12/2022
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Brahna Yassky came to the written word through her paintings when she started writing stories about the images she created. Slow Dancing with Fire is her debut book. Her essays have been published in The Plentitudes Journal, American Writers Review 2020, Wired, The Independent, Salon, AARP's The Ethel, among others. Trained as a visual artist at California College of the Arts and San Francisco State University, her work has been exhibited widely, including at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Jersey City Museum, The Hudson River Museum, The Bali Purnati Center. She also received commissions from the New York City Department of Health for public art projects. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and East Hampton, New
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